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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Orioles use Lyles arm to beat Red Sox 9-5, 6 for 6

BALTIMORE ( Associated Press) — Jordan Lyles scored six gritty innings, Roughnad Odor scored his sixth of six runs as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 on Sunday.

Anthony Santander had three RBIs for the Orioles, who took two of three from Boston. The Red Sox went 3-7 through Tampa Bay, Toronto and Baltimore and fell within half a game of the Orioles’ final place in the AL East.

“Tough road trip. They know it,” said Boston manager Alex Cora. ​​“No rah-rah speeches here. Everybody knows our record, everybody knows what we went through. But as in That I’m saying, it’s not that far from turning it.


“We’re close, but at the end of the day, you get paid to win games. We haven’t done that so far this season.”

Lyles (2-2) allowed one run and seven hits, including a six, three runs to hit a batsman. The right-handed batsman needed 101 pitches to get to sixth place, getting out of several positions along the way.

“For the most part, I am quite satisfied with six innings,” said Lyles. “A pair bats long enough to start the game, a couple innings where there were many people on base, a couple had to jam to get out. But in total, six innings of a one-run ball (okay).”

Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta (0-4) emptied the Orioles to fifth when he pounded Wright and two relievers for five hits and three runs. Pivetta’s last 12 starts lead Boston 1-11 with seven consecutive losses.

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Odor’s first homer with the Orioles made it 4-1 shortly before a 2-hour, 5-minute rain delay. After play resumed, Jorge Mateo doubled in two runs, Santander added a two-run single and Ryan Mountcastle scored a run for a 9–1 lead.

Boston cleanup hitter JD Martinez, after a three-game absence with a groin injury, delivered a Grand Slam on Travis Lakins in the ninth.

The Red Sox had five hits, three walks and one hit batsman in the first four innings – but did not score. He trapped eight runners during that period, three of whom were at third base.

Cora summarized Lyles’ performance, saying, “He made a few pitches when he had to.”

Boston eventually broke through to fifth. Xander Bogarts led with a double, advanced on a groundout and scored on a fly ball by Franchi Cordero.

Baltimore batted in the bottom half. Tyler Nevin hit a two-run single and Santander added a sacrificial fly off a deep fly ball with a base load to left field. The drive would have been a Grand Slam a year earlier, before the fence on the left at Camden Yards was moved back 26 1/2 feet.

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After the game was out of hand and his bullpen was exhausted, Cora called on catcher Kevin Plavecki to pitch the eighth inning. He dropped an infield hit before being dismissed for three straight.

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Cora rested two of her struggling stars, Alex Verdugo and Bobby Dalbeck, in the hope that two straight days (Boston will not play on Monday) will help her get back on track.

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Verdugo – who started in left field in each of Boston’s first 22 games – was batting .238 after scoring 4 for 29 (.138) in the previous week. Dalbeck was at .147 after 6-for-49 (.122) in 15 matches in which he failed to homer and scored only two runs.

Speaking about Dalbeck, Cora said: “Mentally, it’s a grind. How bad he looks, you have to put everything into perspective. It’s X amount of games. We want him to move on and on.” I know he wants to go, but it’s a process. We need him to take a breath, relax.”

The same can be said about the entire team. Boston batted .225 in April and went 9-13. “We have a lot of people scrambling right now,” Cora admitted.

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Orioles: Trey Mancini (broken rib) didn’t start but was available outside the bench. … LHP Alexander Wells has Grade 1 UCL (elbow) strain and will be missing 8-12 weeks, said manager Brandon Hyde.

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Red Sox: After getting their first day since April 14, the Red Sox returned to action on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park.

Orioles: RHP Tyler Wells (0-2, 5.554 ERA) will face the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in the first match of a four-match series.

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