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Mookie hits 2 HRs, but O's outslug Red Sox

June 1, 2016

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles, led by three-hit nights from Pedro Alvarez and Hyun Soo Kim, were able to overcome a short start by righty Mike Wright and post double-digit runs despite not homering in Wednesday's 13-9 win over the Red Sox at Camden Yards."It's actually quite amazing that the concentration

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles, led by three-hit nights from Pedro Alvarez and Hyun Soo Kim, were able to overcome a short start by righty Mike Wright and post double-digit runs despite not homering in Wednesday's 13-9 win over the Red Sox at Camden Yards.
"It's actually quite amazing that the concentration level is what it is," O's manager Buck Showalter said of the nearly four-hour game. "I'm proud of the pace our guys work out, but obviously we had some trouble getting them out and so did they. Our guys just refused to be outscored tonight."
Red-hot Mookie Betts became the first player in Major League history to homer in each of the first two innings in conescutive games. The Red Sox right fielder, fresh off a three-homer night, hit another leadoff blast and went deep five times in the span of seven at-bats Tuesday and Wednesday. Chris Young also left the yard twice and David Ortiz hit a solo blast.
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"On a night where we're once again scoring runs," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, "and our offense continues to put up quality at-bats, we could not slow them down from the mound."
Chris Davis reached base four times --tying a career high with four walks -- for Baltimore, which posted 14 hits. Matt Wieters drove in three runs and four others had two RBIs apiece.

Both Wright and Boston starter Joe Kelly didn't make it out of the third in an offensive-minded contest. Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after the game.
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"I'm pitching in the best league in baseball right now and I'm leaving pitches up," said Wright, who allowed four home runs. "So that was the result."
Bogaerts keeps hitting streak intact:Xander Bogaerts extended his career-best hitting streak to 25 games with a sixth-inning bloop single on a 2-2 pitch off O's reliever Brad Brach. For the second straight night, Bogaerts' first base hit came in his fourth at-bat. More >

Kim keeps hitting The Orioles outfielder continues to impressive despite limited playing time. Kim, who has hit safely in 12 of 19 games, raised his average to .389 and reached base four times, scoring twice.
"It's big," Wieters said of Kim's recent stretch. "When the lights came out on the season, he hasn't seemed overwhelmed at all. He's been ready right from the get-go. Whatever situation Buck's put him in, there's been no excuses. He's ready to go." More >
Ortiz continues to climb ranks: Ortiz extended his hitting streak to eight games with a mammoth solo homer in the third inning off Wright. Ortiz launched a 3-2 pitch 404 feet over the right field wall for his team-leading 15th homer and his fourth in the past five games. Ortiz is tied with Jim Rice for the third-most RBIs in franchise history with 1,451. His 518 homers leave him three shy of tying Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams for 19th place.

Trying to Wright the ship: The O's starter lasted a season-low 2 2/3 innings and saw his ERA balloon to 5.88 in the process. Wright was charged with six runs and has not had a quality start in any of his past three outings.
"We've got five or six pitchers with less than a year's experience in the big leagues. They're trying to find their way," Showalter said. "But tonight you do reach a point where we have to pitch better because you've got to learn from things and show that you're getting better. Right now, it's one step forward and two steps back."
Rough outings for Kelly, Buchholz: Kelly lasted just 2 1/3 innings -- his shortest outing of the season that wasn't cut short by an injury. The right-hander allowed seven hits and seven runs with three walks and a strikeout, leaving his ERA at 8.46.

"I wasn't commanding the baseball at all," said Kelly, who threw 59 pitches, 32 for strikes. "Obviously from the walks and falling behind hitters, it was just a lack of fastball command again where I wasn't putting the ball where it needed to be. And from there, falling behind hitters and trying to get back into counts and it just wasn't happening for me."
Clay Buchholz made his second relief appearance since being removed from the rotation Friday. He threw 3 1/3 innings and allowed three hits and four runs (three earned) with four walks and a strikeout.
"You rarely see it and sometimes you never see it in a career. But we're blessed to watch Mookie every night from our dugout." -- Farrell, on Betts, who tied a Major League record with five home runs in a two-game span
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Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Betts at 23 is the second-youngest player in Major League history with five home runs in a two-game span. Only the Nationals' Bryce Harper at 22 was younger when he pulled off the feat May 6 and 8, 2015.
Red Sox The Red Sox seek a series win as Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.68 ERA) starts Thursday's series finale at 7:05 p.m. ET. Porcello threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and four runs in his last start -- a 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday -- but did not factor in the decision.
Orioles: Aiming for a split of the four-game set, Baltimore will send struggling righty Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound Thursday. Jimenez didn't make it out of the second inning in his last game and his rotation spot could be in jeopardy.
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