Red Sox wild card bidding halted with 4-2 loss to the Orioles
Baltimore (AFP) – Rookie Ryan Mountcastle hit his 32nd home run to help the Baltimore Orioles outlast rivals Chris Sale and the Red Sox 4-2 Tuesday night, extending their losing streak to four games and halting Boston’s bid to consolidate its playoff position.
The Red Sox went 2-0 up in sixth before Mount Castle took a two-round shot and Pedro Severino added an RBI single. A single Ryan McKenna made it 4-2 for eighth, and a shaky Bullpink made Baltimore a stand-up advantage.
Boston started the day with a one-game advantage over Toronto in their second and final wild card slot. The Red Sox had dropped a match behind the Yankees for the top spot after they swept New York in a three-game series this weekend at Fenway Park.
After a day off to regroup, Boston kicked off its final ride of the season with a match against the last-place Orioles. The Red Sox have won 12 of their last 13 games against Baltimore, and Sal’s dominance over the Orioles – 10-0 in his last 13 games – made the match look lopsided.
Kyle Schwarber put Boston in his 32nd home run in the second half, and Hunter Renfrew added a solo shot in the sixth inning.
Selling (5-1) passed five rounds, but in the sixth round, Kelvin Gutierrez overtook the field and Mount Castle went deep into a tie. Austin Hayes followed it up with a single to end Seal’s Night before Severino hands the green light to Hansel Robles.
Sal gave up three runs and four strokes, hit six and walked twice in his eighth start after elbow ligament replacement surgery. The left returned in August with a victory over Baltimore and reinforced that by defeating the Orioles again on September 17.
Activated from the injury roster before the game, Baltimore’s Bruce Zimmerman allowed a one-run, two-hit and two-walk over four runs in his first appearance since June 13. Processing.
Marcus Deplan (2-0) made two rounds, Joey Kreibl retired from all six hits he faced and Cole Solser made ninth for his eighth save. Baltimore has lost six games this season when it was ranked ninth.
Everyone is the best player
When asked to select the most valuable player in the Red Sox 2021, manager Alex Cora looked beyond the impressive numbers provided by Rafael Devers, JD Martinez, Renfroe and many other offensive stars by diplomatically refusing to pick a single name from the group. “There are guys out there going through monster season, but when it’s broken down, everyone has contributed, which is why we’re in this situation,” Korra said. “I don’t think it’s fair to say this guy or that guy. As a group, they were amazing.”
Red Sox: RHP Garrett Whitlock (the pectoral strain) threw about 60 side throws Tuesday. “He was relieved. Now we will see how he reacts today and tomorrow,” Cora said. Whitlock (8-4, 1.99 ERA) could exit IL on Thursday, but Cora said that likely won’t happen. … Cora didn’t get an update for LHP Josh Taylor (lumbar strain).
The Orioles: Anthony Santander’s injury season ended on Tuesday when he was placed in IL for 10 days with a sprained right knee. “He’s been banging on for a while now,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “It was a strange year for him as he was not healthy at all. I give him a lot of credit for staying there.” Santander had 18 home wrecks and 50 backup players in 110 games. …RHP Chris Ellis (Right Shoulder Inflammation) has been put on IL treatment for 10 days.
Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (10-9, 3.88 ERA) starts Wednesday night, looking to rebound from a rocky start against the Yankees as he allowed seven in 2/3 runs. Boston was 6-0 in his previous six starts.
Orioles: Rookie LHP Zac Lowther (1-2, 7.66) earned his first league win last week against the Texas, but in two games against Boston he surrendered for a total of 10 runs in 5 2/3 runs.
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