After a road trip that saw a promising ending, the Orioles returned home to start an eight game home stand. Their first opponent would be the Boston Red Sox, who were only coming in for a quick two game series.
Game One: Red Sox: 5, Orioles: 3
Yovani Gallardo started for the Orioles and pitched as effectively as he could, which is not very high praise for him. Gallardo went five innings allowing three runs on four hits while striking out two and walking four.
For the Orioles’ offense on the night, two runs came thanks to a Matt Wieters RBI single, making it a 3-2 game at the time. With the bases loaded, Adam Jones would take a walk, allowing Chris Davis to score to tie up the game.
However, luck would turn against the Orioles when Mookie Betts hit a two-run go ahead home run in the top of the eighth, his second on the night, to make it 5-3 Red Sox, spoiling the O’s comeback.
Game Two: Red Sox: 8, Orioles: 1
In a game that was shortened by rain, Dylan Bundy also had a shorter outing than usual. Bundy went 4 1/3 innings allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out two and walking two. The big blows came to him when he allowed two separate two-run home runs to Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Sandy Leon.
The only run for the Orioles on the night came thanks to a Chris Davis home run that landed on Eutaw Street. It was Davis’ ninth home run to hit Eutaw Street, the most for any single player in the history of the stadium.
The Orioles are now in third place for the first time all season but are still only two games back in the division. They will look to turn things around with the Houston Astros coming into town for a four game series.
Kevin Gausman will get things started in the series against Joe Musgrove followed by Wade Miley and Colin McHugh going in game two. After having his start skipped on Wednesday, Chris Tillman will pitch in the third game of the series against Mike Fiers with Yovani Gallardo and Dallas Keuchel finishing up the series.