BOSTON - The numbers didn’t lie.
Mookie Betts was 12-for-29 against Orioles starter Kevin Gausman heading into tonight’s game. He led off the bottom of the first inning with a sharp single into left field. J.D. Martinez was 4-for-7 against Gausman. He drove a splitter into the center field seats.
The lopsided nature of the inning also held true, along with the Orioles’ futility on the road.
Manny Machado hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth, his 14th of the season, to prevent the shutout.
Xander Bogaerts ended Gausman’s night with a three-run homer off the light tower above the Green Monster with two outs in the fifth inning. Gausman was charged with six runs and eight hits to raise his ERA from 3.18 to 3.88.
The Orioles are 13-30 overall and 3-17 on the road, with 13 consecutive losses away from Baltimore. The streak began here on April 13 and it ties the club record set from April 8-28, 1988, according to STATS.
They lost 11 in a row from April 30-May 27, 1954 and May 17-June 30, 2017.
The fifth inning included four stolen bases for the Red Sox and Gausman’s obvious frustration with plate umpire Tony Randazzo, which he expressed after one pitch with palms turned upward to question a call, and later with an exchange of words after he backed up home plate.
The game didn’t start or end well for the Orioles, who have lost their last seven games in Boston.
Martinez’s ball traveled an estimated 431 feet with 110 mph exit velocity, according to Statcast. Gausman continued to labor with two outs and threw 36 pitches before recording the final out. He totaled 101 on the night, 59 for strikes, and manager Buck Showalter crossed the third base line to remove him as Bogaerts rounded the bag.
The Orioles have been outscored 60-18 in the first inning this season. They went down in order tonight with two strikeouts in the top half.
Gausman has registered an 8.00 ERA in the first inning this season and opponents are batting .341 against him. There’s slow out of the gate and then there’s the Orioles locked inside of it.
Betts also singled off Gausman in the second and fifth innings. Danny Valencia was 15-for-24 against Price after singling in the third and fifth innings.
Patterns wouldn’t be broken tonight.
Valencia was the only baserunner against Price until Jonathan Schoop reached on an infield hit with two outs in the fourth. He singled off the left field wall in the fifth but was thrown out with ease trying for a double.
The Orioles scored 59 runs in eight games of their homestand, but only one Wednesday afternoon before boarding their flight to Boston. Price blanked them on four hits, including Andrew Susac’s leadoff double in the ninth, before Machado unloaded on a 1-2 pitch.
Gausman benefitted from a double play in the third inning and retired the side in order in the fourth, striking out Brock Holt and Sandy Leon with fastballs clocked at 95 and 97 mph, respectively. But the Red Sox went ahead 3-0 in the fifth on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s leadoff walk, Betts’ single up the middle and Andrew Benintendi’s sacrifice fly. Bradley was batting .171 tonight.
Bogaerts’ blast on a 95 mph four-seamer followed Hanley Ramirez’s infield hit and the Red Sox’s impromptu track meet.
The Red Sox stole five bases tonight without drawing a throw from Susac, recalled earlier in the day. Betts could have walked to second base in the first inning. Bradley and Betts swiped second in the fifth inning after they broke early and Gausman threw behind them. Betts and Ramirez executed a double steal later in the inning while Martinez struck out.
Rule 5 pick Pedro Araujo didn’t allow a run in the eighth after being scored upon in five straight outings and seven of eight.
Showalter on whether Gausman was frustrated: “Sure, sure. Yeah, there were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way. Changed a lot of things around. We gave them, I think, eight extra baserunners. We had four walks, we had the three stolen bases that they didn’t really earn. You could look at either way. And the play we didn’t make that we should have made.
“Kevin’s got a bubblegum card, too. Those pitches, I’m very biased, but I didn’t think he got a fair shake tonight.”
Showalter on the steals: “Just early breaks and not having the awareness to step off. Threw over, but you’ve got to step off.”
Showalter on Price: “I think it’s a combination. I’m always going to give a lot of respect to guys, especially with his track record, but we didn’t do much of anything. A lot of early contact and we’re talking about speed of games, that’s probably why. I give him all the credit, but we’re capable of better.”
Gausman on whether he felt that he wasn’t getting calls: “Absolutely.”
Gausman on frustration: “It’s frustrating, but it’s part of the game. Price had to deal with it, too, I’m sure. It’s frustrating, especially when you make a perfect pitch and feel like you’re maybe getting cheated a little bit.
“The most frustrating things was on all those checked swings, he wasn’t even looking down toward the guy at first or third, so that’s frustrating as a pitcher. You kind of have to ask for it that way, and sometimes when you ask for it, the umpire’s not even going to give it to you because at that point it might have taken him a little bit too long. That’s frustrating, but I didn’t do a good job of executing my pitches today. It really hurt me in that fifth inning.”
Gausman on whether not getting calls impacted his game plan: “No, because you can’t. Once you let them kind of try and affect it and you start throwing fastballs right down the middle to try and get a strike, at this level that’s not going to play. It’s frustrating and kind of gets in your head a little bit.
“I thought I did a pretty good job of bouncing back and making some big pitches to get some big outs. Really tried to get through the fifth and one pitch to Bogaerts was obviously too good and he put a good swing on it.”
Gausman on five steals: “I don’t know. I think it’s maybe something I need to take a look at, see if I’m doing a little ... I thought it was weird that two of the three times they stole on me, I was picking. It kind of raises some eyebrows as to how they knew and those types of things, but that’s all on me.
“It’s one of the things that we can control. We try to control the things that we can control and everything else, it’s not out of control, we can’t. That might have been a difference between me giving up four runs or five runs rather than six. Those are the things that might allow me to go out for the sixth inning again and save the bullpen. So, there’s a lot of variables that go with me messing that up.”
Gausman on whether the fifth inning was as frustrated as he’s been: “Yeah, absolutely. Yeah. I tried to battle through it and like I said, I made a great pitch to J.D. to get the big strikeout and maybe tried to kind of back off the reins a little bit on Bogaerts and maybe thought I was taking it a little easy on him. And looking back, that hurt me obviously.”
Gausman on Showalter coming out to get him while Bogaerts rounded bases: “I think he’s frustrated, frustrated with all of us and just how we’re playing. And so, I think that shows.”
Susac on whether he sensed Gausman’s frustration: “I don’t think we were sensing any frustration. There were just some close pitches, they were either going our way or they weren’t. It seemed that zone, it was forcing us to throw a lot of pitches over the plate. And we just got into bad counts. With 3-1, that’s a great team over there, you get to 3-1 to those guys, they’re going to do damage. We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn’t.”
Susac on five steals: “I don’t think it’s frustrating. I feel, we’re trying to make pitches out there. I know Kev was trying to bear down on Martinez on the double steal. A couple of miscommunications on the pickoff, or whatever when they were stealing. But I’m not frustrated at all. It’s a team game, so the stolen base at the end it’s on Gaus and I, but it is what it is.”
Susac on Price: “Price had good stuff tonight. He was really commanding the inner half of the zone, working up well in the zone, seemed like he was getting a lot of strikeouts up in the zone. His cutter had late bite. He was throwing mainly front door and you can’t forget about his changeup. That’s pretty much been his whole career. But he was just sharp tonight. Tough guy to beat when he’s living on the corners.”
Down on the farm, the Orioles are promoting Double-A Bowie pitchers Paul Fry, John Means and Ryan Meisinger to Triple-A Norfolk, Single-A Frederick pitchers Brian Gonzalez and Branden Kline to Bowie and Single-A Delmarva pitchers Michael Baumann, Zach Muckenhirn and Travis Seabrooke to Frederick.