The Baltimore Orioles completed a back-and-forth type of weekend in Boston this evening. In a rare five-game series, they traded punches with the BoSox before sending Tyler Wells to the mound this evening in the series finale and rubber match and he didn’t disappoint. Neither did Oriole bats. Wells’ line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
The O’s got the last laugh in this series, and it wasn’t even close. And they got the last laugh from the beginning. Trey Mancini’s RBI-triple in the first inning gave the O’s a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning Ryan Mountcastle smacked a solo homer, and the Birds were off to the races.
However a 2-0 lead early in a game at Fenway Park is far from safe. So what did the Orioles do? They added onto their lead, of course!
Ramon Urias’ two-run homer in the third doubled the lead at 4-0. Two innings later the O’s tacked on two more. One on a sac fly-RBI by Anthony Santander, and another on an RBI-groundout by Ramon Urias.
Ryan Mountcastle would add a seventh run in the seventh inning when he grounded into a double-play with a runner on third and nobody out. That and Anthony Santander’s three-run eighth graders inning homer gave the Orioles a 10-0 lead. This game was in effect the inverse is yesterday, when Boston kept adding on runs against the O’s. But tonight’s game decided the series. And it was the Orioles in
So in a rare five-game series, the Birds took three-of-five from Boston. IN Boston. At Fenway Park.
Boston’s a team that sees itself as a perennial contender. And the national pundits seem to agree with that. They should beat a rebuilding team like the Orioles almost every time they play. And in a similar manner to yesterday’s game. Instead, the O’s really took it to them this weekend, including boat racing them tonight, and the ten unanswered runs game this past Friday.
The O’s now head for home to open up a three-game set with Seattle at Camden Yards. The O’s have yet to announce a starter, but whomever he is will be opposed by Seattle’s George Kirby. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.