Orioles have atypical night in field
Two errors, passed ball lead to five unearned runs
BOSTON -- How wacky were things for the Orioles in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 5-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park?
Chris Davis' glove broke.
The O's, staked to a 1-0 lead, watched a typically stellar defense get charged with a pair of errors and a passed ball that paved the way for starter Bud Norris' exit and a big inning from Boston's bats.
"Missed tackle," Davis said of the first play of the inning, which allowed former teammate Alejandro De Aza safe passage at first base. "[The] ball went through my glove, broke the web and De Aza obviously runs well and he was able to beat it out."
Norris ran over on the play and accidentally stepped on De Aza's hand. But the Orioles' bad luck didn't stop there, as a passed ball moved De Aza to second base before Norris sprung off the mound and unsuccessfully tried to barehand Sandy Leon's sacrifice bunt.
"He's trying to make a real good play there and get an out and I think Manny [Machado] respects his athleticism and seen Bud make plays like that and get plays at third for the out," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "After that, it kind of unraveled, and we gave in there a little bit to [David] Ortiz."
Ortiz hit a two-run homer to cap the scoring, which started on Mookie Betts' single and was followed by a two-run hit by Dustin Pedroia. Norris, who had faced just one batter over the minimum going into the inning, exited after a two-out single to Xander Bogaerts.
"It changes that whole inning," Norris said of the De Aza play. "Leon doesn't bunt, I missed that play, too. Costly errors, and they got the top half of their lineup with runners on base. So, it's frustrating. But I felt good and definitely making some strides to getting back to where I was last year."
Added Davis: "The missed ball, you don't ever account for a glove breaking on you. The ball that Bud tried to barehand, that's a hard bunt right there. It's kind of a do or die play, but you have to go back out there and continue to compete."
Norris did not have any of the five runs charged to him as they were all unearned. He did take the loss, falling to 2-6 with a 6.70 ERA despite pitching well for most of the 89-pitch outing.
"I found a lot of momentum and was working well with [catcher] Caleb [Joseph]. Pitching to contact and got some outs early. Pitch count was still really low. I felt like I could have gone a lot longer in that game," Norris said. "It's a bit frustrating to know that's how that inning goes, but unfortunately I've had a couple this year that have gone that way."