MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Baltimore0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 460
Boston0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 161
  W: A. Wojciechowski (4-8)   L: N. Eovaldi (2-1)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 27, 2019
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 34,533

Stumbling Red Sox happy to face O's again

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Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Red Sox have won nine of the last 11 meetings with the Orioles and are 27-8 in the series -- including 13-4 at home -- since the start of 2018. Boston batted .350 with 22 extra-base hits in a three-game sweep of the Orioles at Fenway Park from August 16-18.
  2. Baltimore dropped two of three at Toronto with Wednesday's 3-2 loss, its 107th of the season which matches the 1988 team for the franchise's second-worst record since it relocated in 1954. The Orioles already have five more wins than last season's team that finished 47-115.
  3. Boston lost 7-5 at Texas on Thursday to cap a 3-3 trip. With a 37-41 home record, the Red Sox will finish below .500 at home (0-2 in London) for the first time since a 34-47 mark in 2014. This will be the second time in team history that the Red Sox will have an overall winning record and a losing home record (1980).
  4. Trey Mancini is batting .376 (35-for-93) with five homers and 20 RBI in September. His 35 hits this month rank third in the majors and his 20 RBI are tied for sixth. Mancini has hit .381 (24-for-63) this season against the Red Sox, the highest of any player in MLB (minimum 50 PA).
  5. With a current .305 average, J.D. Martinez could become the 20th player in history to hit .300 with 35 homers and 100 RBI in as many as three straight seasons. The most recent to do it was Albert Pujols from 2008-2010. Babe Ruth holds the all-time record with seven consecutive seasons (1926-1932).
  6. Jonathan Villar has 23 multi-hit games since July 25 to tie for fourth-most in the majors. With one stolen base in this series, Villar would become the sixth Oriole (since 1954) with 40 in a season and the first since Brian Roberts had 40 in 2008. Villar ranks second in MLB with 159 steals since 2016 (Billy Hamilton, 172).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2019 thru 9/29/2019

Before the season began, a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at home in the final weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity for the Boston Red Sox to ease their way into the postseason.

Except the Red Sox didn't hold up their end of the bargain, stumbling out of the gate and never fully recovering, which led to their elimination from the playoffs in mid-September. Boston (83-76) will have nothing but individual milestones to play for as it ends its season against visiting Baltimore beginning Friday.

Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (2-0, 6.03 ERA) will take the mound for the Red Sox in the opener of the matchup. Baltimore will counter with righty Asher Wojciechowski (3-8, 5.31).

The Orioles (52-107) were once again the punching bag of the American League East this season, losing 51 of their 73 contests to date against division opponents. The Red Sox have gone 11-5 against them, including a three-game sweep in their last meeting at Fenway Park.

Boston enters this weekend having won two of three against the Rangers in Texas to complete the road portion of its schedule. The Red Sox lost 7-5 in Thursday's finale, ending the 2019 campaign 46-35 in away games.

Meanwhile, at home, the Red Sox have gone 37-41, a far cry from their usual success at Fenway. Highlights this weekend include third baseman Rafael Devers needing four hits to reach 200 on the season, outfielder Mookie Betts one away from 30 homers and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez gunning for his 20th victory in Sunday's finale.

"Just finish strong," Rodriguez said. "That was the plan when I got here in spring training, finish the season strong, get ready for the next one."

The Orioles are far from finishing the season strong, having lost seven of their last 10 games prior to a day off Thursday. Still, the team has shown fight of late, twice losing in extra innings over the past week.

"I want them to feel what it feels like to win, and I feel sorry for some guys a little bit at times because they're trying so hard to win, and something happens late in the game, and it doesn't happen," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.

"I think there is going to be a day sometime soon where we're going to win those games that we should've won, and our guys are going to look back at this and probably be better because of it," Hyde said.

Orioles third baseman Renato Nunez is one homer from 30, and outfielder Trey Mancini needs six RBIs to reach 100 on the year.

Wojciechowski has struggled his way to the season's finish line, going 1-5 with a 6.41 ERA in 10 starts since the beginning of August. His best outing of the year came against the Red Sox in July, when he held them to one hit and struck out 10 over 7 1/3 innings in a 5-0 victory.

For his career, Wojciechowski is 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA in three games (two starts) versus Boston.

Eovaldi is 3-0 in eight starts against Baltimore, though with a 5.65 ERA. The righty reached six innings for just the second time this season in his most recent game, when he held the Tampa Bay Rays to three runs and seven hits in a 7-4 victory.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 27, 2019

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