The Washington Post

Boston makes early run stand up, tops Baltimore

- BY NATHAN RUIZ

baltimore — Rookie righthande­r Kyle Bradish ended the Orioles’ stretch of poor starts, but Baltimore’s offensive struggles continued to dampen the club’s postseason hopes.

A first-inning run off Bradish was the only one scored in Sunday’s series finale against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards, a game that began after a rain delay of more than an hour. The Orioles went hitless in seven at-bats with a runner in scoring position in the 1-0 loss, their sixth defeat in eight games as they dropped the series to Boston and are 51/ games back

2 in the American League wild-card race with 22 games remaining.

Tommy Pham began the day with a single off Bradish, stole second, went to third on a groundball and scored on Xander Bogaerts’s sacrifice fly. Bradish did not allow another hit until the seventh, following it with an inning-ending double play. It was the third time in four starts Bradish allowed no more than two hits while working at least seven innings and gave Baltimore (73-67) its first quality start in nine games.

Bradish, who turns 26 on Monday, has a 2.86 ERA in nine starts since he returned from an injured list stint for right shoulder inflammati­on. That includes a 2.05 ERA in five outings since he moved to the first base side of the pitching rubber, compared with a 6.38 mark in his previous major league appearance­s.

But an Orioles lineup absent Cedric Mullins, Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson against left-hander Rich Hill couldn’t support Bradish. Manager Brandon Hyde said a foul ball off Rutschman’s foot Saturday led to some soreness, while the other two sat to avoid left-on-left matchups with Hill.

Ryan Mountcastl­e’s run of poor luck on well-struck balls continued in the first, when Pham smacked the left field wall making a jumping catch on his firstinnin­g drive. With two on and two outs in the third, he again flied out to left.

Baltimore’s Rougned Odor was hit twice by pitches and exited in the ninth with a bruised right hand. X-rays were negative.

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