Well, at least for now.
Matt Wieters was one more failed at-bat from being 0-for-21, the longest hitless stretch of his career. He fouled off six straight pitches from former Orioles left-hander Rich Hill before lining an RBI single into left field to reduce Boston’s lead to 8-6.
Now we can say that Wieters is 1-for-21 and 5-for-43.
Hill departed after retiring Chris Davis on a slow roller to the right side of the mound.
Davis came within an inch, maybe less, of an extra-base hit down the right-field line before making the first out of the inning. First base umpire Larry Vanover signaled foul ball. I never saw a replay, but it looked fair from up in the press box.
Update: Alfredo Aceves retired the Orioles in order in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Boston won the first game of the series, 8-6.
The Orioles wasted a golden opportunity in the eighth with Betemit and Johnson at the plate. Tommy Hunter wasn’t sharp again tonight and the bullpen wasn’t its usual shutdown self.
That’s two games in a row where the Orioles have led by three runs and ended up on the wrong side of the final score.