Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds both hit home runs during a seven-run third inning as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Red Sox 8-2 Saturday at Fenway Park.
Jones smacked an 0-and-2 fastball so hard it landed in the parking lot across Lansdowne Street. The two-run homer was his only hit of the afternoon, but hit gave him seven on the season, tying him with Matt Weiters for the team lead.
Reynolds’s blast, a three-run shot, merely landed in the Monster seats. After winning seven of eight games to get back to .500, the Sox have dropped four straight.
Red Sox starter Aaron Cook, making his Boston debut, lasted only 2.2 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits with a wild pitch.
At one point, it looked like Cook’s first start for the Sox would come to a short and strange ending. In the second inning, with Chris Davis on third, Cook delivered a fastball low to Reynolds that got under Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s glove. Saltalamacchia chased down the ball and Cook raced to cover the plate, but when he got there he crashed into Davis, who appeared to spike him in the leg.
After getting looked over by the trainers, he walked to the dugout with manager Bobby Valentine and Clayton Mortensen took the mound and made a few warm up tosses. But a few moments later Cook returned. He got out of the second inning, but he was shelled in the third.
At the same time, Orioles starter Jason Hammel had a stranglehold on the Sox lineup, going 6.2 innings, giving up just four hits and two seventh-inning runs. At one point, he retired eight straight Sox.
Adrian Gonzalez, who had been in an 0-for-18 slump, went 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored. He and Dustin Pedroia (2 for 4 with a double) were the only Sox with multiple hits.
Bottom of the eighth, Orioles 8, Red Sox 2:The Sox threatened, but Mike Aviles left runners stranded on first-and-third.
Bottom of the seventh, Orioles 8, Red Sox 2: The Sox get on the board thanks to Ryan Sweeney’s RBI double off the Wall, which plated Adrian Gonzalez.
Hammel will exited right after, and Darren O’Day came on in relief. He went 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out eight.
Cody Ross brought Sweeney in with a single to right, giving him 20 RBIs, second on the team behind David Ortiz’s 22.
Bottom of the sixth, Orioles 8, Red Sox 0:Hammel took that no-hit bid into the eight inning last month against the Twins, but he’s actually still looking for his first career shutout. He’s only gone the distance once in his career, and those eight innings against the Twins are his season high.
Bottom of the fifth, Orioles 8, Red Sox 0: Another hitless inning for the Sox. No balls left the infield, despite a line drive by Ryan Sweeney that Robert Andino managed to get ahold of.
Top of the fifth, Orioles 8, Red Sox 0:Clayton Mortensen’s struck out five of the eight batters he’s faced, getting Matt Weiters and Chris Davis swinging to end the inning.
Top of the fourth, Orioles 8, Red Sox 0: The Os went down in order for the first time since those three bounce outs to start the game.
Bottom of the third, Orioles 8, Red Sox 0: Jason Hammel has retired seven straight since giving up the double to Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning. He’s fanned six different Sox.
Top of the third, Orioles, 8, Red Sox 0: A disastrous third inning for Aaron Cook.
First Nick Markakis, who went 0 for 6 last night, tagged Cook for a slump-busting RBI single, then Adam Jones smacked Cook’s 0-and-2 fastball so far over the Monster it nearly took out an SUV in the parking lot on Lansdowne. The two-run home run was Jones’s seventh of the season, which ties him for the team lead with Matt Weiters.
After Cook gave up a double to the gap in right to Matt Weiters, Bobby Valentine took a visit to the mound and Clayton Mortensen was back up and throwing. When Chris Davis, who is kind of scorching (.387/.459/.839 with four homers and 10 RBI) roped his second singly of the night and Wilson Betemit followed up with an RBI single to right, Valentine put a fork in him (2.2 innings, eight hits, seven runs, six earned).
Mortensen didn’t fair any better. He gave a three-run bomb to Mark Reynolds the settled the Sox firmly in an eight-run hole.
Bottom of the second, Orioles 1, Red Sox 0: Jason Hammel struck out the side. His career-high strikeout total is 10, and he’s got five through the first two innings here.
Top of the second, Orioles 1, Red Sox 0: For a second, it looked like a play at the plate would cut Aaron Cook’s Red Sox debut short.
After one of his fastballs got by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Cook raced to cover home, slid into the plate and appeared to get spiked by Chris Davis, who was safe coming in from third.
Trainers came out to look at Cook, and after he picked himself up and dusted himself off, he took a walk to the dugout. Clayton Mortensen came out of the pen and started warming up, but as it turned out he wasn’t needed. Cook came back on and got Mark Reynolds to bounce out to third to end the inning.
Davis’s run was unearned.
Bottom of the first, Red Sox 0, Orioles 0:The Sox left two stranded, but the plus from the inning was the 2-and-1 pitch that Adrian Gonzalez drove to left center for a double. He had been in an 0-for-18 rut before Friday, but the Os are helping him snap out of it. He’s now 4 for 7 in the series.
Top of the first, Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: After getting three ground ball outs to shortstop to start his Red Sox debut, Aaron Cook’s pretty much as advertised. He’s got a 2.63 lifetime ground ball-to fly ball ratio (third highest among active pitchers with at least 1,000 innings). So Mike Aviles will be pretty busy today.
Pregame: Obviously, today’s a quick turnaround for the Sox after their longest game of the season last night. By the time their 13-inning, up-all-night, 6-4 loss to the Orioles was in the books it was nearly midnight. This morning, the clubhouse opened up at 9:30.
Neither team took batting practice. Mostly players just took in the Mayweather-Cotto hype machine on the flat-screens.
Predictably, Dustin Pedroia looked like he was running on and endless supply of 5-Hour Energy drinks, running off one joke after another. The best was probably when he demanded that everyone in the bullpen pose like this if he goes deep today, because the Braves bullpen did it for Eric Hinske last night.
We’ll see how that goes. He’s back in the two-hole today after going 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the cleanup spot last night.