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Bundy struggles as O's drop opener to Sox

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BOSTON -- Dylan Bundy will get one more chance to put an outing like Monday's behind him. Bundy, who eons ago pitched seven scoreless as the Orioles' Opening Day starter, couldn't make it past the third inning in Baltimore's 6-2 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the latest short start in a pitching crisis that has the O's constantly scrambling for arms.

Relied on to take a step forward in the rotation this year -- along with Kevin Gausman, who was dealt at the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- Bundy has logged 14 quality starts in a career-high 30 outings. He allowed four runs on Monday, ballooning his season ERA to 5.49 to go with an 8-16 record.

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BOSTON -- Dylan Bundy will get one more chance to put an outing like Monday's behind him. Bundy, who eons ago pitched seven scoreless as the Orioles' Opening Day starter, couldn't make it past the third inning in Baltimore's 6-2 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the latest short start in a pitching crisis that has the O's constantly scrambling for arms.

Relied on to take a step forward in the rotation this year -- along with Kevin Gausman, who was dealt at the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- Bundy has logged 14 quality starts in a career-high 30 outings. He allowed four runs on Monday, ballooning his season ERA to 5.49 to go with an 8-16 record.

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"I keep hearing stuff about shutting this guy down, shutting that guy down. Dylan wants no part of it. He feels as good as he's felt all year," manager Buck Showalter said. "And part of pitching up here is pitching in September and pitching in October and playing the season. It's part of it. Shut down this, shut down [that], I don't think anybody's wanting to shut down."

Video: BAL@BOS: Beckham scores on Eovaldi's wild pitch

The Sox, who secured MLB's best record, scored all four of their runs off Bundy in the second inning. First came Brock Holt's double, followed by an RBI single by Christian Vazquez and a two-run homer by American League MVP candidate Mookie Betts. The homer marked the 39th allowed by Bundy this season, which is the most in the Majors and extended the club record that the righty secured earlier in the year.

"I couldn't really limit the damage there and kind of let it get out of control in the second inning," Bundy said.

"Yeah, as far as I know, [I have another start]. That's the last I heard, so just got to keep working on things and get another bullpen in between and hopefully I can figure something out before this next start."

Lefty Donnie Hart allowed a pair of tack-on runs in the fourth, with the O's mustering up just one run over Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi's five innings.

Video: BAL@BOS: Hart and Joseph turn 1-2-5 key double play

The bright spot for Baltimore was lefty Sean Gilmartin, who went four scoreless innings -- allowing just one hit -- to finish the game. Given where the O's stand pitching-wise -- with several guys banged up and neither Alex Cobb nor Andrew Cashner expected to pitch again -- it was a huge lift.

"He did great. Four innings? [54] pitches. Ask Buck, can he start?" outfielder Adam Jones said of Gilmartin. "His last two outings were very good, he went multiple innings at home picking up Evan Phillips, and it's good for him moving forward."

JONES IN LEFT
The Orioles' veteran made his first career start for Baltimore in left field, and first since 2007 with Seattle. Jones drove in a run in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly.

"I've been energized all year," Jones said when asked if the new position gave him a jolt. "I think you guys, there's nothing to write about so you're trying to find something to write about. I get it. I read you guys, there's nothing to talk about besides consecutive [losses]. I see yours, we lost again. I get it.

"You want something happy to write about. But everyday you are in the big leagues is a happy environment. You have the opportunity of a lifetime. I know it's not the year, I know a lot of guys want this to be over with. You can see the finish line … you still can't deny the opportunity that we do have. Though we have not played well." More >

Video: BAL@BOS: Jones plates Joseph on sacrifice fly

HE SAID IT
"This is going to sound like excuses and everything and I've got it. A lot of people in our situation and rightfully so. There's about six to seven pitches. … The difference between a 3-1 count and a 2-2 count -- I mean, 2-1, 1-2. Dylan couldn't catch a break with the borderline pitches. I'm going to be nice when I say 'borderline.' It's one of those things I've learned through the years, go back and take a look at yourself and you end up going, 'I'd want that pitch,' or, 'I wouldn't want that pitch.' I thought it was kind of a little one-sided." -- Showalter, on the strike zone

UP NEXT
The Orioles will send righty Jimmy Yacabonis to the hill to face lefty David Price on Tuesday night in the second game of the three-game series vs. the Red Sox at Fenway Park. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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