BOSTON -- Dylan Bundy, who looks poised for a breakout season at 24, continued his early-season momentum with a strong performance that lifted the Orioles to a 5-2 victory in Monday night's opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.Bundy had plenty of help in this one, particularly from third
BOSTON -- Dylan Bundy, who looks poised for a breakout season at 24, continued his early-season momentum with a strong performance that lifted the Orioles to a 5-2 victory in Monday night's opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.
Bundy had plenty of help in this one, particularly from third baseman Manny Machado, who made four standout plays in the field and hit a solo homer on a night he was booed repeatedly by the Fenway faithful. Machado made a controversial slide into Dustin Pedroia on April 21 at Camden Yards.
The righty (4-1, 1.82 ERA) held Boston to five hits and two runs over seven-plus innings, walking four and striking out two. He outdueled Rick Porcello, who has lost his last three starts despite pitching well in all three outings.
"I had command for a couple of hitters and then I'd just lose it on a few guys here and there," Bundy said. "I made good pitches when I needed to and I need to tip my hat to the defense tonight. I liked the two-seamer tonight. It was actually moving this time."
Machado was a big help to Bundy in this one. The star third baseman had already made three magnificent plays in the field by the time he stepped to the plate in the sixth with Baltimore up just 1-0 at the time. Machado jumped on Porcello's 2-2 slider and smashed it over the Green Monster with an exit velocity of 105.2-mph and with a projected distance of 420 feet, according to Statcast™. It was Machado's fifth homer of the season.
"I just go about my business," Machado said. "I've got to come out here and perform, regardless. Whether they boo me, or whether they don't, I've got a job to do. I went out there today and did it."
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Other than that, the only damaging hit Porcello allowed was to Caleb Joseph, who ripped an RBI double down the line with two outs in the fifth. Joseph wasn't supposed to start, but that changed when catcher Welington Castillo was scratched two hours before the game with back spasms.
The Red Sox helped gift-wrap a three-run rally for the Orioles by making three errors in the top of the eighth. It was part of a four-error night by Boston.
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"Defensively, those are plays that are routine plays," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "We're better than that. We've got to clean it up. It's a matter of anticipating the play before it's hit to you, whether it's a ground ball on the front end of a double play, whether it's understanding where baserunners are with a ball to the outfield, throwing the ball accurately as best possible." More >
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Jones gem, baserunning blunder short-circuit rally: After being silenced for seven innings, the Red Sox finally put together a legitimate rally in the bottom of the eighth. Andrew Benintendi's RBI single ended Bundy's shutout bid. Darren O'Day came on, and Hanley Ramirez belted a one-out, RBI single to left that turned into trouble for the Red Sox. Not realizing that Benintendi had stopped at second base, Ramirez tried to go into second with a double. Both runners were standing on second at the same time and the O's tagged Benintendi out.
"I don't throw my teammates under the bus," said Ramirez. "It's my fault. That's it. I should have paid attention."
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Mitch Moreland then drove one to center, but Adam Jones made a sparkling, diving catch to end the threat, and kept Baltimore's lead at 5-2.
Machado's sweet DP: Who knows how the night might have turned out if not for the sweet play that Machado turned to end the first inning. Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts hit a 108.2-mph rocket that Machado grabbed on the tough short hop, and then fired off balance to second to start a 5-4-3 double play. Machado later added a dazzling, diving stop on Xander Bogaerts and got the force at second to end that inning.
"His name carries weight for a reason. He is who he is for a reason. He showed it today," Betts said of Machado.
"Those guys were making plays, diving all over the place tonight. They got me some double plays. So, I've got to tip my hat go the defense tonight." -- Bundy
"It's baseball. It's human beings playing the game. It's not robots. I mean, things are going to happen. A lot of times in this game when bad things happen it seems like a couple of things happen. So it's just kind of a funk that we're in and we've got to keep grinding and go out there and play everyday, and play hard and do what we can to correct those mistakes." -- Porcello, on sloppy play by Red Sox
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In Porcello's last four starts, he's received zero runs of support during his time on the mound. That ties the longest streak of his career without getting any run support. The previous one was from Aug. 18-Sept. 4, 2012.
When Bundy hit Betts on the leg with a 2-1 fastball in the sixth, it raised some eyebrows due to the recent controversy between the Red Sox and Orioles. Matt Barnes threw a pitch near Machado's head on April 23, and was suspended four games. Bundy nodded when asked if the pitch got away from him.
"You'd have to ask him," said Betts. "It is what it is. He hit me and I just took my base."
Orioles: Alec Asher (1-0, 2.16 ERA) will be making just his second start of the season for the Orioles. The O's righty has also made two relief appearances this season, including one against the Red Sox in which he allowed just one walk in one inning. Asher did earn the win in his lone start after holding Toronto to just one run on three hits back on April 15th.
Red Sox: The Red Sox will try to finally generate some run support for ace Chris Sale (1-2, 1.19 ERA) when he takes the mound for Tuesday's 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Orioles. In Sale's 37 2/3 innings, Boston has scored just four runs. Sale, meanwhile, has been magnificent, striking out 10 batters or more in his last four starts.
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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.
Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.