Rapid Reaction: Orioles 7, Red Sox 4
July, 5, 2014
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The Red Sox's day-night doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday at Fenway Park had an eerie feel.
After Boston produced a 3-2 walk-off win in the matinee, it felt like 2013 all over again. However, 2014 returned in the nightcap as the Orioles posted a 7-4 victory.
Prior to the loss, the Red Sox had won four of the past five games John Lackey started, but that wasn't the case Saturday night, as Boston managed only six hits in Game 2.
Lackey worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits, including a pair of home runs, with one walk and 11 strikeouts. He tossed a season-high 120 pitches (82 strikes), and his 11 strikeouts matched a season high. His win-loss record fell to 9-6.
The veteran right-hander held the Orioles scoreless for the first three innings and was able to stifle a couple of early threats. In the fourth inning, he allowed a two-run homer to Nick Hundley as Baltimore gained a 2-0 lead.
The Red Sox responded in the bottom of the fourth with four runs, including a two-run homer by Stephen Drew, to give Boston a 4-2 lead. Drew also hit a home run in the first game of the doubleheader.
Boston's lead would not last.
Lackey allowed his second home run of the night, a solo shot by Nelson Cruz with one out in the top of the fifth inning. In the sixth, with his pitch count climbing, Lackey recorded one out, his 11th strikeout of the game, when he caught Hundley looking to lead off the inning. However, Lackey allowed a single to the Orioles' Jonathan Schoop, then walked Nick Markakis before Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to replace Lackey.
Boston's bullpen did not fare too well.
Right-hander Burke Badenhop did not register an out and allowed two runs on three hits as Baltimore gained a 7-4 lead. Lefty Tommy Layne, who was added to the roster as the 26th man for the second game of the doubleheader, finished the sixth inning.
In contrast to the matinee, the Red Sox did not generate any offense in the late innings and had to settle for a split of the doubleheader.
Cruz-ing: Cruz enjoyed a productive night at the plate. He went 5-for-5, with his home run, two singles and two doubles. In his last at-bat of the game in the top of the eighth inning, he drilled a ball to deep right field for a double. He attempted to stretch it into a triple for the cycle, but he was thrown out 9-6-5.
Not so fast: In the top of the second inning, it appeared the Red Sox pulled off a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play, but the call was overturned in Baltimore's favor. J.J. Hardy led off the inning by reaching on an error by Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli. With Manny Machado batting, he worked the count full when Hardy took off for second. Machado swung and missed, and while catcher A.J. Pierzynski made the throw to second, Machado's bat hit him on the backswing. Plate umpire Mike DiMuro signaled batter's interference right away, but the umpiring crew reviewed the call after Orioles manager Buck Showalter came out to argue. After a five-minute delay, Hardy returned to first base after originally being called out attempting to steal.
Rare miscue: Napoli's error in the second was only his third of the season and first since April 22 against New York. Hardy hit a ground ball to Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, whose throw wasn't perfect; it was a bit low, but it was in Napoli's glove before he dropped it.
Slump breaker? Maybe Red Sox manager John Farrell thought it best to sit Xander Bogaerts in order to help the rookie snap out of his current slump. In the first game of the doubleheader, Bogaerts went 0-for-4 and has now gone hitless in 27 consecutive at-bats. For the nightcap, Bogaerts was on the bench, and Brock Holt played third.
Papi's back: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz missed the first game of the doubleheader because he was returning from the Dominican Republic for his daughter's high school graduation. He was in the lineup for the nightcap and went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Added help: Due to the doubleheader, the Red Sox recalled Layne from Triple-A Pawtucket as the team's 26th man on the active roster for the second game of the day. Under MLB rules, teams are permitted to add an extra player for the second game of doubleheaders played within one day of the original postponement. The 29-year-old left-hander is 5-1 with six saves and a 1.51 ERA in 30 relief appearances for the PawSox, including 46 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings pitched. Saturday night, Layne entered the game in the top of the sixth, worked 2/3 of an inning and allowed one walk.