After Eduardo Rodriguez hurled a gem Friday night and steered the Red Sox to their first-ever 2019 consecutive victory, nearly everybody in the Red Sox dugout saw the outing and the game as a turning point to the Red Sox’ early-season woes.
Rick Porcello, however, remained stuck in the past, with the defense also stubbornly clinging to the team’s woeful pattern of early-season underachievement as the Red Sox fell to the Orioles, 9-5, Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Porcello, the enigmatic right-handed starter who won a Cy Young award three years ago was his own worst enemy in his third start and third loss, walking five batters and allowing five singles and one double in just four-plus innings. He allowed three runs, the first two off a two-RBI single by Chris Davis that busted up Davis’ historic 0-for-54 hitless streak.
Davis wound up with four RBI and going 3-for-5.
The Red Sox bullpen was nothing special, allowing six runs on its watch, with Colten Brewer getting doused for four runs while never retiring any of the five batters he faced in the sixth inning.
The defense was porous, with Marcus Walden’s pickoff attempt going awry and first baseman Steve Pearce muffing a groundball.
Down 2-0 early thanks to Davis’ two-run single in the first inning, the Red Sox tied it up in the third when Christian Vazquez clubbed a two-run home run over the Wall for his second home run of the season.
The offense went dormant for awhile thereafter, managing to score once in the sixth, when a batter scored on Mitch Moreland’s double-play ball.
In the seventh, Vazquez reached a career high RBI of four, with his two-run double off the Wall to narrow the Orioles’ lead to 9-5.