BOSTON - The Orioles landed in Boston early this morning tied with the Rays for third place in the American League East and for the last wild card spot. They’re only two games behind the Blue Jays for the top spot.
They will try to improve on a 25-31 road record with one game in Boston, three in St. Petersburg, Fla. and three in Toronto.
A win tonight puts the Orioles seven games above .500 for the first time since May 22, 2017.
Dean Kremer is making the start after last night’s rainout. Austin Voth was supposed to face the Red Sox.
Kremer has made two career starts against Boston and allowed 10 runs and 12 hits in 7 2/3 innings. His only appearance at Fenway Park in 2020 resulted in seven runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Anthony Santander gets the Green Monster in left field and Austin Hays gets the extra yardage in right.
Terrin Vavra remains the designated hitter. Adley Rutschman is batting second again.
The Orioles are 5-3 against the Red Sox this season, winning three of five games at Fenway Park.
Red Sox rookie right-hander Josh Winckowski has made 10 starts and registered a 4.68 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in 50 innings. He’s averaging only 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
Winckowski made his major league debut against the Orioles in Game 2 of a May 28 doubleheader in Boston, and he allowed four runs and six hits with three walks in three innings. Rougned Odor hit a three-run homer.
The Red Sox have lost four in a row and are in last place at 54-58, 17 games out of first place and five out of the wild card. Their minus-36 run differential is the fourth-worst in the American League..
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Adley Rutschman C
Anthony Santander LF
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Terrin Vavra DH
Austin Hays RF
Rougned Odor 2B
Ramón Urías 3B
Jorge Mateo SS
Dean Kremer RHP
For the Red Sox
Tommy Pham LF
Rafael Devers 3B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Alex Verdugo RF
J.D. Martinez DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Christian Arroyo 2B
Kevin Plawecki C
Jarren Duran CF
Josh Winckowski RHP
Bruce Zimmermann started today for Triple-A Norfolk in Rochester and allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Jordan Westburg hit his ninth home run.