Red Sox lefty headed to DL after bullpen slip

E-Rod has been one of the most consistent pitchers on the Red Sox this season, apart from Chris Sale of course.

Seth Smith and Manny Machado each hit solo home runs in the first inning, and starter Alec Asher threw 6 1/3 solid innings as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Friday night. He'd come back out for the ninth and, while he allowed a run and his first two hits to righties, he still preserved the lead and gave the Red Sox the win. Manager John Farrell said the hope is Pedroia can take batting practice Tuesday in NY.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals held off the Oakland Athletics 11-10 Sunday.

"Good work by the guys coming out of the bullpen", Farrell said. "Through these couple of dry spells, he's kept his head on his shoulders". He was then a key reliever for Team USA when it won the World Baseball Classic in March, but is 1-6 with a 10.80 ERA in 17 appearances for the Rangers this season. Price was outstanding against the Orioles in his second start of the season, showing off the stuff, command and efficiency you'd expect from someone of his stature.

In the first two games, the Orioles posted two easy victories.

Chris Tillman (1-3) kept the Orioles even until the sixth when Pena's errant throw to third after a pitch with the bases loaded allowed two runs to score. Tillman looked to be escaping the jam as he struck out the next batter, Sandy Leon, and had Deven Marrero in an 0-2 hole.

"I just missed my pitches", Rodriguez said. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his last start, giving up five runs on seven hits in a loss versus the Yankees. Chris Davis drove in two runs with an opposite-field single to left and scored on a double by Jonathan Schoop, the first of his three hits.

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"I feel like it's going to continue to get better", he said.

Boston leadoff batter Mookie Betts got his 500th career hit with a swinging bunt to open the game.

Second base umpire Laz Diaz initially ruled that the ball touched the grass before Betts secured it, but Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged. "I just wish early on I made a few better pitches, especially off-speed stuff". Join the Chowder and Champions team!

Still, the Orioles must solve Tillman's command problems. He was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

His absence will re-open the rotation hole that the Red Sox had been struggling to fill in David Price's absence.

"The ball was carrying tonight", said skipper Buck Showalter, who's club moved to within a half-game of second place Boston.

The Red Sox will take the diamond Tuesday when they begin a three-game series with the New York Yankees.

  • Lawrence Cooper