A bloop single by pinch hitter Mike Carp did the Orioles in as they fell to 70-61 on the season and 7.5 games back of the Boston in the AL East. O’s starter Bud Norris kept the Red Sox to one earned run over 5 1/3 innings pitched. After the game skipper Buck Showalter told Gary Thorne on MASN he’ll take the effort.
“Well I think we underestimate how hard it is to pitch 5 1/3 innings on the road in the American League East this time of year. So, I’m going to take it as a positive. He pitched well for us, gave us a chance to win. We had a rested bullpen and we didn’t get it done.”
It’s a good point in regard to this game. However, the Orioles have just 25 starts of seven innings or more this season from their rotation, second fewest in the American League. Their pitchers are going to have to be more efficient if they want to return to October.