BALTIMORE—When the Orioles’ series with the Boston Red Sox began on Friday, they were still on a high after John Means’ no-hitter in Seattle two days before. Those positive feelings have vanished after three tough losses to the Red Sox.
The latest, a 4-3 setback on Sunday before 10,274 at Oriole Park on Mother’s Day, was perhaps the toughest to take.
Orioles starter Dean Kremer pitched well for five innings, but he didn’t get much support on offense or in relief and, after winning the first three games of the season against Boston (22-13) at Fenway Park, the Orioles have lost six straight. The teams conclude their four-game series on Monday night.
“They’re a really good team,” said first baseman Ryan Mountcastle, who drove in two of the Orioles’ three runs. “Really good lineup, really good pitching staff. It’s going to be a battle every time we play them. Hopefully, we can turn things around tomorrow.”
Hits were difficult to come by for the Orioles against Boston starter Nick Pivetta.
“When you get four hits, you don’t expect to win the game,” manager Brandon Hyde said.
After Boston rightfielder Hunter Renfroe robbed Austin Hays of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch in right field in the first, Trey Mancini and DJ Stewart walked. Mancini then scored on an RBI single by Mountcastle.
Boston third baseman Rafael Devers hit his eighth home run of the season with one out against Kremer in the second to tie the score. Five of Devers’ eight home runs have come against the Orioles.
Centerfielder Cedric Mullins homered with two outs in the fifth, his sixth of the season, to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead. It didn’t last long.
After Kremer limited the Red Sox to three hits and one run through five innings, he gave up hits to Marwin Gonzalez and Adam Verdugo to begin the sixth. Hyde summoned Adam Plutko and, for the second straight game, an Oriole reliever allowed the inherited runners to score; Shawn Armstrong did the same the night before.
Plutko walked J.D. Martinez to load the bases with one out and struck out Xander Bogaerts before Devers drove a double to deep center to score two runs for a 3-2 Red Sox lead. Plutko retired Renfroe and Bobby Dalbec on ground balls to shortstop Freddy Galvis to end the inning.
“I was encouraged by Dean’s start once again,” Hyde said. “I thought he threw the ball really well. I liked the aggressiveness on his fastball.”
Kremer (0-3) was charged with three runs on five hits in five-plus innings. He acknowledges he’s learning on the major league level.
“Obviously, the competition’s harder,” Kremer said. “You’ve got to lock it in, and you can’t take any breaks, mentally or physically. Our staff has been awesome. Every guy, pretty much, I’ve learned a little bit from, whether they’re a bullpen guy, a starter guy, even position players.
“My dad, before the season and last season, was like, ‘don’t get too caught up in start-to-start. This is a small blip in your career.’”
Pivetta (5-0) gave up two runs on three hits in six innings,
The Orioles (15-19), who’re 4 video games beneath .500 for the third time this season, had a ultimate shot towards Pivetta within the sixth. Stewart walked, and Ryan McKenna, who was pinch-running, drew a pickoff throw, which was wild and allowed him to advance to second.
Stewart was pulled due to a strained left hamstring, the identical harm that precipitated him to most of spring coaching and to begin the season on the 10-day injured record.
Mountcastle struck out and Galvis flied to heart, ending the sixth.
Josh Taylor walked Pedro Severino to start the seventh, however he was doubled off on Rio Ruiz’s liner to second. It was the second time the Orioles made that form of baserunning mistake within the collection; Mullins was doubled off on Friday night time on a liner to proper by Mancini. Pat Valaika walked after the double play, however Mullins struck out to finish the inning.
Renfroe hit a 453-foot dwelling run to heart within the eighth towards Cole Sulser for a 4-2 Boston lead.
Adam Ottavino started the final of the eighth by hitting Hays with a pitch. He moved to 3rd on two infield outs and scored on Mountcastle’s double to heart. Galvis grounded to second for the third out.
Matt Barnes pitched a spotless ninth for his eighth save.
Tate to injured record: Proper-hander Dillon Tate was positioned on the 10-day injured record retroactive to Saturday due to a left hamstring pressure. Tate’s harm was sustained overlaying first base in Friday night time’s sport. Hyde stated Tate “did the splits” overlaying first.
“He went for therapy that night time,” Hyde stated. “Yesterday, it was a little bit bit sore. We simply wished to see the way it was going to be the subsequent couple of days, but it surely’s nonetheless actually sore.”
Tate is 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 11 video games.
The Orioles recalled McKenna from Triple-A Norfolk. It’s his third stint on the membership.
“Mac’s going to present us a little bit assist place player-wise simply because we’re a little bit banged up within the area, too,” Hyde stated. “We now have some guys taking part in by means of some stuff. Ryan provides an additional physique for us, place player-wise. I’m certain there are extra strikes on the horizon.”
Franco sits: Maikel Franco, who’s in a 3-for-38 stoop to drop his common to .210, didn’t play.
‘Nothing unsuitable with him bodily, simply giving him a day,” Hyde stated. “He’s scuffling on the plate. I wish to give him a day to take a seat again and loosen up.”
Lowther to bullpen: Hyde stated that Zac Lowther, who allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first main league begin on Saturday night time, will go to the bullpen for now.
The Orioles have offdays on Thursday and Could 17.
Valaika takes mound: Valaika, who began at second base, pitched the ninth inning for the Orioles on Saturday night time. It was his first time pitching.
Valiaka threw 5 pitches to 4 batters. Ramón Urias dedicated an error on Valaika’s first batter, Renfroe.
“I’m impressed with Pat Valaika and the first-pitch strikes,” Hyde stated. “I’ll take that place participant outing, hopefully not too typically.”
Hyde approached Valaika within the sixth or seventh to ask about pitching.
“I didn’t get the best response again,” Hyde stated. “I hoped for extra of a response.”
Fredi Gonzalez, the coach who stands subsequent to Hyde throughout video games, received a greater response when he talked to Valaika within the eighth. Gonzalez advised Hyde that Valaika was excited for his probability.
“Growth, he’s in,” Hyde stated.
Notes: Galvis has a 10-game hitting streak. … Jorge Lopez (1-3, 6.49 ERA) will face Martin Perez (0-2, 4.40) on Monday night time within the collection finale towards the Purple Sox. … The Orioles are 4-13 at dwelling.