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Red Sox set to host Orioles ready to launch

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Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

  1. Boston won 16 of 19 against Baltimore last season, outscoring the O's, 127-66. The Red Sox's 127 runs were the most by any team against any opponent last season.
  2. Orioles pitchers have allowed an MLB-high 37 home runs this season. That's not only the most allowed by a team in its first 13 games of a season all-time, it's the most allowed over any 13-game span in MLB history.
  3. The Red Sox split a two-game series with the Blue Jays, allowing six and seven runs respectively. The Sox have allowed six runs or more nine times this year, most in MLB. Last season, they did so 44 times, tied for eighth fewest in MLB.
  4. Dwight Smith Jr. went 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run in Baltimore's loss to Oakland last night. He is hitting .412 against left-handed pitchers this season, the third-highest average in MLB (minimum 15 PA).
  5. J.D. Martinez has recorded a hit in 12 of his first 13 games this season (92.3 percent), tied for the highest percent in baseball. His 16 hits through 13 games are tied for his second most in his career behind the 2016 season with Detroit (17 hits).
  6. The Red Sox's 4-9 start is tied for the fourth-worst 13-game start by a defending World Series champion. They have allowed 79 runs, tied for third most in MLB history by a reigning World Series champ through 13 games.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/12/2019 thru 4/15/2019

The Boston Red Sox will look to build on the momentum of a key walk-off win when they welcome the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a four-game series Friday night.

The Red Sox will hand the ball to left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2, 12.38 ERA) seeking their first winning streak of the season. Baltimore counters with righty David Hess (1-1, 2.70 ERA).

Boston scored two in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday to win 7-6 in a game where they trailed 5-0 in the third inning. Mitch Moreland knotted the score with an RBI double before Rafael Devers gave the Red Sox (4-9) their first home win with a bases-loaded single.

"There's still a lot more results to get," Moreland said. "It's a good win for us. We have to continue to fight. We're trying to win games, and teams are coming in, they know who they're playing. We've got to turn it around and fight and be ready to go every day."

Moreland had homered in the seventh - his fourth blast in his last five games - to make it 5-5, but Blue Jays shortstop Freddy Galvis hit a solo home run in the eighth to force the Red Sox to rally once more. Boston was put in that position early as yet another starting pitcher got roughed up.

Nathan Eovaldi, re-signed to a four-year, $68 million contract during the offseason, bumped his ERA up to 8.40 through three starts after allowing five runs on six hits and four walks in five innings. As a group, Boston's starters remain winless (0-8), with a league-worst 8.79 cumulative ERA.

"We know we're gonna pitch, but as far as stopping playing and all that, we never do that," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "Do we have to clean up a few things? Of course. We know it. But it's good to win a game and move forward."

Also looking to recover from a disappointing starting pitcher performance are the Orioles, who saw Dylan Bundy give up six runs, including a career-high-tying four homers allowed, between innings four through six in an 8-5 home loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon. Baltimore (5-8) has dropped three straight and seven of eight after winning four of its first five games.

A microcosm of the Orioles' struggles of late has been first baseman Chris Davis, who is in the midst of a record 53 at-bat hitless skid. Davis put good wood on the ball in his first plate appearance Thursday, but it ultimately settled into the glove of Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano for a lineout.

"It is what it is," said Davis. "The more I try to go out there and do, or the more I try to shoulder this all by myself, the harder it gets. I have to trust the process, I have to trust the work I'm putting in. At some point it's going to turn around."

The Orioles scored four runs in the seventh and put two runners on in the eighth to make it interesting against the Athletics but couldn't complete the comeback.

Friday marks the first of 19 meetings between the Red Sox and Orioles this season, and the four-game set will end with the annual early-morning Marathon Monday game to coincide with the Boston Marathon. First pitch for the contest is 11:05 a.m. ET. Red Sox ace Chris Sale was set to pitch that game but will instead be pushed back to Tuesday against the New York Yankees for extra rest.

-Field Level Media

Updated April 12, 2019

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