Thanks to a huge three-run homer by David Ortiz in the top of the ninth on Sunday, the Red Sox got back in the win column and avoiding losing their sixth straight game since they appeared to be on the right track after rattling off seven consecutive wins.
Now the Sox will have to hope that they can solve the Orioles in order to keep on winning, as they head to Baltimore for a three-game set, starting Monday night.
Jake Peavy gets the start for the Red Sox in the first game, coming into the contest with a 1-3 record and a 4.72 ERA in 12 starts. Peavy needs to be better than his last time out, when he gave up five runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 6.1 innings to the Cleveland Indians on June 3. He’s allowed five or more runs in four of his last six outings.
Peavy has made four career starts against the Orioles, most recently on April 20, when he allowed five runs in 5.2 frames in a game the Red Sox eventually came back to win 6-5. Peavy is 2-0 with a 4.21 ERA in his four career games against the O’s; Monday will mark his first start, however, against them at Camden Yards.
In their careers, four Orioles in Monday’s lineup have faced Peavy 10 times or more. J.J Hardy is 2-for-19 in 23 career plate appearances; Nick Markakis is 3-for-10 with three walks; Nelson Cruz is 4-for-11 with a walk; and Adam Jones is 4-for-9, also reaching base once on a HBP.
Toeing the rubber for the O’s will be Bud Norris, the former Houston Astro who is 4-5 with a 4.41 ERA in 11 starts for Baltimore this year. In his last outing – June 4 against the Rangers – Morris let up five run on six hits in five innings, adding two walks and five strikeouts in a 6-5 Orioles win.
Like Peavy against the O’s, Norris has made four career starts against the Red Sox, going 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA. Jonathan Herrera and Dustin Pedroia are the only two Sox in Monday’s lineup who have double digit career plate appearances against Norris, with Herrera going 1-for-11 with a couple walks and a sacrifice and Pedroia getting two hits in six at bats, while also walking six times. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli each have nine career ABs against Norris, with Ortiz going 3-for-9 with a home run and Napoli getting two hits.