LEADING OFF: Red Sox, Orioles renew rivalry; Kluber returns

Doug Mendoza
June 11, 2017

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello throws to the Baltimore Orioles during a baseball game in Baltimore, Friday, June 2, 2017.

Seth Smith and Manny Machado each hit solo home runs in the first inning, and starter Alec Asher threw 6 1/3 solid innings as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Friday night.

Boston grew its lead to 6-3 as Benintendi smacked his second homer in the seventh inning - marking the first multi-home run game of his career. For now, Miley's just anxious about doing his part.Benintendi tied the score 3-3 with a solo shot to lead off the third. He had issued 31 free passes, most in the majors, and his 55 percent strike rate on first pitches was the third lowest in the league.

After the game, he told reporters he was not pitching hurt.

A day after hanging a 10-spot on the New York Yankees in a series-clinching victory, Baltimore put up seven against the Red Sox.

"I felt better as the game went on, but it's definitely not the way you want to start a ballgame", the right-hander said.

Boston took the lead for good in the fourth inning when Ramirez lined an 0-2 pitch from Dylan Bundy into the left-field seats after Xander Bogaerts drew a leadoff walk.

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The Red Sox cut the margin to 2-1 on a Vazquez RBI single in the second.

"I was making pitches and they were just fouling off, pitcher's pitches", Bundy said. He gave up five earned on 10 hits in 5.0 innings against his old team the White Sox in his last start, which gives him four starts in his last five where he's coughed up three or more earned.

Miley (2-3) gave up five hits and a walk against the team he pitched for in 2015. Manager John Farrell said the hope is Pedroia can take batting practice in NY on Tuesday.

Already trailing 2-0, Baltimore (29-26) scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the first inning.

The review showed that Betts made the catch, so instead of having Mancini on first with no outs when he stepped the plate as the next batter, Schoop didn't advance any runners when he doubled to right. Boston's Mookie Betts got two hits and now has 499 for his career.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson left his Triple A start on Saturday night with a cramp in his right hamstring.

Pablo Sandoval homered for the Red Sox, now 4-7 against the Orioles after losing two straight in this four-game series between AL East foes. He spent the 2016 season on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery performed on June 15, 2015. He's an option to fill the void in the rotation left by Eduardo Rodriguez being placed on the disabled list.

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