Red Sox sweep Orioles, win 4 out of last 5

Sox Sweep

BOSTON (AP) — Eduardo Rodriguez was sharp against Baltimore again, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep with a 6-2 victory Sunday, sending the Orioles to their 11th straight loss.

Boston has won four of five games after losing 10 of 12 and falling out of first place in the AL East.

The Orioles have been outscored 104-34 during their second-longest skid this season. They had a 14-game losing streak in May.

Baltimore’s Cedric Mullins went 0 for 5, halting his 20-game hitting streak. It was the longest by an Oriole since Adam Jones had a 20-game streak in 2012.

Rodriguez (9-6) allowed a first-inning unearned run and three singles, striking out six and walking three in six innings. In his last 12 appearances against Baltimore, he’s 9-0 with a 1.81 ERA. The 28-year-old lefty was originally signed by the Orioles in 2010 before being dealt to Boston four years later.

Rodriguez didn’t want to come out after six innings.

“I learned that from my teammates I’ve played with,” he said, referring to Chris Sale and David Price. “Those guys have taught me: ‘You’ve got to go out there no matter what.’ That’s the way I want to be.”

Manager Alex Cora told him some in the bullpen needed work.

“Where we were bullpen-wise, knowing what’s coming, we needed some guys to go out there and touch the rubber,” Cora said.

Red Sox right-hander Adam Ottavino had to leave with a left shoulder contusion after getting hit by Jorge Mateo’s hard liner for an RBI single in the seventh.

“He’s OK,” Cora said. “A little bit sore, nothing structural.”

Martinez homered off a billboard above the Green Monster in the first against Keegan Akin (0-7) after his throw in the top of the inning bounced away from the cutoff man for an error, allowing Austin Hays to score.

Akin went four innings and gave up three runs, all in the first. He allowed six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

“I’ve still got to get a little better, go deeper in the game,” he said.

Kyle Schwarber was back in the lineup for Boston after having Saturday off. He went 2 for 4 with two doubles, his first hits with the Red Sox. The 28-year-old slugger, sidelined since July 2 with a strained right hamstring, made his debut on Friday after being acquired from Washington at the trade deadline.

“It’s nice to get the first one out of the way,” he said. “Now I can relax and play ball.”

Kiké Hernández had an RBI single off the right foot of third-base umpire Will Little, who tried to jump over the grounder down the line during a three-run sixth.

Categories: News