Red Sox-Orioles Series Preview

Boston Red Sox Mitch Moreland

Until Wednesday, they hadn't put it all together.

Pomeranz struck out six and allowed just one run in six innings for the Red Sox, who tagged Baltimore for 15 hits while beating the Orioles 8-1 on Tuesday night. Freese drew a walk in the next at bat, forcing John Farrell to replace Rodriguez with Heath Hembree.

"I'm just happy to go six-plus innings and keep the game close", Bundy said. And that was definitely the case at Fenway Park as the Orioles ambushed Boston pitching. Both games will be on NESN and WEEI at 7:10 p.m. The third baseman launched an automatic double into the bullpen in right field, scoring Smith. Trumbo scored Machado with a single.

Trey Mancini is the first Oriole in history to hit five home runs in his first ten career Major League games. Adam Jones and Chris Davis homered to chase Wright (0-1) in the second as Baltimore (5-2) built a 9-0 lead and went on to a split of the two-game series.

Wright (0-1) lasted only 1 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs and eight hits.

Boston got a run back in the second on Hernandez's one-out double off the wall in left that plated Moreland from second.

SHOWALTER TALKS FLU: Showalter scoffed at reports that he was trying to antagonize the Red Sox when, on April 11, Showalter said that though Boston had been ravaged with the flu, other teams, including his own, had been challenged by it.

Mike Napoli, Elvis Andrus and Carlos Gomez all went deep for Texas, which won for only the third time in eight games.

Off Wright, the Orioles were doing the latter.

Vazquez, just 1-for-1 at the plate entering the game, matched his career high with four hits, drove in two runs and scored two, Dustin Pedroia drove in four runs, and Andrew Benintendi posted three hits and an RBI. Mancini's blast, at 116 miles per hour according to Statcast, was one of the five hardest-hit balls in the league this year and the hardest home run of the season, according stats through Tuesday.

Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez came out flat, walking leadoff hitter Jordy Mercer before McCutchen launched a first-pitch fastball over the Monster in left. A third run came on a single by Mookie Betts, who advanced to second on a throwing error by right fielder Craig Gentry. It's Lindor's fourth home run of the season.

Showalter, too, believed before the game an offensive outburst was imminent.

"I thought he settled into a good rhythm", Farrell said.

Mancini, who has 10 RBIs in 10 big league games, and Jonathan Schoop went back-to-back in the first inning. Frazier came into the game hitting.059 (1-for-17).

I felt good at the plate the last few games, and have had some return for that. "It just kind of unraveled". It was one of those nights, and hitting is really contagious. "I didn't know that". Thanks to an early shelling of the tough to beat Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright four runs into the game, the O's would succeed winning by a score 12-5.

After six games, they were certainly due for a bash-fest. James McCann, JaCoby Jones and Jose Iglesias combined for two home runs, two doubles and four runs for the Tigers.