O's make history with 18 runs vs. Red Sox
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' offense scored early and often, chasing Boston starter Wade Miley in the third inning and going on to plate a season high in runs in Sunday's 18-7 series finale blowout at Camden Yards.
Baltimore, which stopped a five-game losing streak with Saturday's walk-off win, was led by a five-RBI performance from Delmon Young, who went 3-for-6 out of the cleanup spot. Chris Davis, who homered in the sixth, and Steve Pearce each drove in three runs. Red-hot Jimmy Paredes went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to raise his season average to .429.
"It was one we kind of needed; we had been playing sloppy baseball," Young said of the series win. "So it was good to get out of the rut. We've been swinging the bats well. We just haven't been playing on the other side of the ball well."
Boston, which used five more pitchers to cover for Miley's short start, got on the board with a three-run homer from Pablo Sandoval in the seventh inning. The blast, which chased starter Bud Norris from the game, represented the only runs allowed by the righty over 6 2/3 innings. Hanley Ramirez -- who homered twice -- followed Sandoval with his first homer and has eight on the season.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
O's offense comes alive: After scoring seven runs off Miley, including a six-run third inning, the Orioles' bats didn't slow down all afternoon. Baltimore's lineup -- currently without All-Stars Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy -- scored in every inning but two with eight of the nine starters having at least one hit in the 20-hit game. More >
Another rough outing for Miley: Miley struggled with his command and got in trouble in the third inning with two four-pitch walks that led to the Orioles' second run. Miley then allowed three straight hits to Young, Davis and Pearce that put Boston behind, 5-0, and ended his afternoon. It was the second time in four starts this season he didn't last past the third inning, and his ERA is 8.62, marking one of the worst stretches of his five-year Major League career.
Norris rebounds: The righty, who entered the game with a 17.42 ERA, took a shutout into the seventh inning and picked up his first win in four starts. Norris allowed seven hits and struck out two in the 107-pitch outing, which ended with an ovation from the home crowd.
"That's the Bud that pitched well for us last year," manager Buck Showalter said. "This guy won 15 games last year, and he was in attack mode today." More >
Costly miscues: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts dropped a routine fly ball by Young after apparently losing it in the sun in the second inning. Two batters later, Young scored on a sacrifice fly by Pearce and the Orioles led, 1-0. Betts then got turned around and could not haul in a hard line drive by Davis in the third that led to a double and two more Baltimore runs.
"We've got to do better in all phases of the game. It starts with getting the game under control from the mound. That wasn't the case today." -- Red Sox manager John Farrell
"Certainly looked like [there was carryover from Saturday's walk-off win] today. But I think it had more to do with Bud being good and a good pitcher not having a good day in Miley. That's usually where it's traced back to. There's always a karma and mentality around every game created by starting pitching more than things that have happened on or off the field." -- Showalter
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Sunday's run total was the most the Orioles have scored in a single game since April 19, 2006, when they also scored 18. It was also the most runs the Red Sox have allowed since a 20-2 loss to Oakland on Aug. 31, 2012.
Longtime Minor Leaguer Rey Navarro, promoted before Friday's game, picked up his first career big league RBI with a fifth-inning single. Navarro had a career-high three hits on the day.
The Red Sox optioned right-hander Matt Barnes on Sunday, one day after he was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, and they promoted another right-hander, Heath Hembree, from the PawSox. Barnes joined the Red Sox after outfielder Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 23, with a right hamstring strain. Hembree made his debut in the sixth inning and allowed six runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings, including a towering home run to Davis. More >
Red Sox: Right-hander Joe Kelly (1-0, 4.08 ERA) takes on his fourth American League East opponent this season when Boston opens a three-game series with the Blue Jays. Kelly is looking to bounce back from his last start, in which he allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings against the Rays.
Orioles: Baltimore will finally play outside of the American League East, hosting the White Sox for a three-game series that starts Monday. O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez will get the start in the 7:05 p.m. ET game at Camden Yards.
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