Por­cello masters O’s as Betts and Or­tiz homer

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Jon Meoli jon.meoli@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/JonMe­oli

Last week, Red Sox starter Rick Por­cello al­lowed a run against the Ori­oles at Fen­way Park and left a loser. Mon­day night at Cam­den Yards, with the same arse­nal that has made him a lead­ing con­tender for the Amer­i­can League Cy Young Award, Por­cello never even flirted with an­other loss.

Home runs by right fielder Mookie Betts and des­ig­nated hit­ter David Or­tiz — both long­time Ori­oles scourges — and Por­cello’s mas­tery helped the Red Sox to a 5-2 win that dropped the Ori­oles four games be­hind the di­vi­sion lead­ers with 12 games to play.

“He threw the ball well,” third base­man Manny Machado said. “He found the strike zone, got us out, made the outs, and their de­fense played a hell of a de­fense to­day, so youhave­totipy­our­capoff, you know? They out-beat us to­day. He did what he had to do. He went out there and threw strikes.”

Betts’ two-run home run off Ori­oles starter Dy­lan Bundy, his eighth of the sea­son at Cam­den Yards, set the game in mo­tion to­ward the vis­i­tors. Bundy was forced to work for ev­ery out.

Af­ter an RBI sin­gle by sec­ond base­man Dustin Pe­droia in the fifth in­ning, the home run by Or­tiz sealed a mis­er­able day for Bundy.

He threw a ca­reer-high 99 pitches but al­lowed five runs for the third time in five starts as his ERA jumped to 4.13.

Por­cello had no such trou­bles, with the first run off him com­ing af­ter he hit Machado in the shoul­der with two outs in the fourth in­ning. Machado scored on a line-drive dou­ble off the right­field wall by des­ig­nated hit­ter Mark Trumbo. Cen­ter fielder Adam Jones’ 28th home run of the sea­son, with two outs in the eighth in­ning, was the last bit of con­so­la­tion for the Ori­oles.

Sin­gles by left fielder Hyun Soo Kim and sec­ond base­man Jonathan Schoop were the Ori­oles’ only other hits. Noth­ing to see here: Af­ter Machado was hit, he and Por­cello ex­changed words on his way up the first-base line. Bos­ton’s dugout was also heated af­ter Tyler Wil­son hit Or­tiz in the sev­enth in­ning. Man­ager Buck Showal­ter and Machado both down­played the ex­change af­ter the game.

“There’s an ini­tial re­ac­tion,” Showal­ter said. “Manny un­der­stands, but it’s not que sera sera, you’re happy about ev­ery­thing. Got on with the game. [Um­pire Tim Tim­mons] did what he felt like he needed to do. Just like Tyler wasn’t throw­ing at any­body. I un­der­stand where they were com­ing from.” Can’t drown it out: As is of­ten the case when Bos­ton comes to town, Red Sox fans were well rep­re­sented in the an­nounced crowd of 18,456. They fre­quently cheered for the vis­i­tors, both as a team and for Or­tiz in par­tic­u­lar. The home fans tried to muf­fle those cheers at times but were of­ten drowned out. De­fense never rests: Wil­son recorded four outs in long re­lief Mon­day, three in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion. With two on and two outs in the sev­enth in­ning, Kim tracked down a line drive and smashed into the left-field wall mak­ing the catch.

An in­ning later, Red Sox first base­man Han­ley Ramirez was run­ning from first base on the pitch, but Schoop fielded a ground ball right at him and tossed to short­stop J.J. Hardy in one snap mo­tion for the first half of an im­prob­a­ble dou­ble play. Bullpen bat­tles: The Ori­oles cob­bled to­gether four score­less, three­hit in­nings of re­lief. Showal­ter used left-han­der Brian Duensing and Wil­son for four outs apiece, then let left-han­der Jayson Aquino face three bat­ters be­fore righthander Vance Wor­ley came in to in­duce an in­ning-end­ing dou­ble play in the ninth on the sec­ond pitch he threw.

“Real good job out of the bullpen by some young play­ers,” Showal­ter said. “We just didn’t mount a whole lot or gave us much room to free-wheel at all.”

LLOYD FOX/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Bos­ton’s Jackie Bradley Jr. steals sec­ond base in the sec­ond in­ning Mon­day night while Ori­oles short­stop J.J. Hardy leaps out of the way.

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