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Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick & Prediction APR 11TH 2021

FinishedTV: MASN | NESNOriole Park at Camden Yards Baltimore

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Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Recap APR 11TH 2021

Rio Ruiz drove in four runs, and Thomas Eshelman threw 4 1/3 hitless innings in relief of starter Wade LeBlanc, who needed to leave after 14 pitches with an apparent left elbow issue. That helped the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.

The Orioles pulled out a split of the four-game series after dropping the first two to the Red Sox.

Kevin Pillar homered off LeBlanc on the second pitch of the game but the pitcher was gone 12 pitches later, signaling to the dugout -- as did catcher Pedro Severino -- that something was wrong. Manager Brandon Hyde brought in Eshelman, who can start or pitch long.

The Orioles needed him long this time, and he delivered in a big way. Eshelman (2-0) did not give up a hit or a run in his 4 1/3 innings after LeBlanc (two-thirds of an inning). He fanned two and walked one.

Boston starter Zack Godley (0-3) struggled in his 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on two hits, walking five and striking out three.

After Pillar's homer in the first, the Orioles took the lead with a three-run third. The first two came in on a two-run Ruiz single. Andrew Velazquez then dropped a perfect bunt down the third-base line that the Red Sox couldn't do much about for a 3-1 lead.

Xander Bogaerts cut the lead to 3-2 on his sixth-inning double for Boston. But Ruiz came through again in the seventh. Right after the Orioles lost Severino to a reported hip flexor injury Ruiz lined a two-run double over Pillar's head in left.

The Boston outfield had been playing in, and Pillar simply could not get a good jump on Ruiz's line drive. It turned into a two-run double and a 5-2 lead.

Tanner Scott came on to get the final out in the ninth but gave up a two-run homer to Jackie Bradley Jr. But Scott closed out his first major-league save by getting Pillar on a force.

Anthony Santander of Baltimore kept his hitting streak going with a fourth-inning double. He now has the team's longest run (18 games) since Nick Markakis six years ago, according to MASNsports.

--Field Level Media

The Boston Red Sox will attempt to win their sixth consecutive game Sunday when they face the host Baltimore Orioles.

When the Red Sox were swept at home to open the season by this same Baltimore squad, there was plenty of gloom and doom.

The fact that Boston had not started a season by going 0-3 at Fenway Park since 1948 did not help things.

"We're off to a rough start," manager Alex Cora said.

Well, things have brightened in Boston.

On Saturday night, the Red Sox beat the Orioles 6-4 in 10 innings for their fifth consecutive win. Boston has not lost since being swept by the Orioles.

Sunday, the Red Sox can return the favor as they go for the three-game sweep against the Orioles. Baltimore has lost four of five since that 3-0 start at Fenway.

The Orioles will have righty Jorge Lopez (0-1, 7.71) on the mound.

Lopez, who lost to the Yankees last week in his initial start of the season, is trying to end a personal three-game losing streak which dates back to his final two starts of 2020.

In his first start of 2021, Lopez gave up four runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Lopez started last season with Kansas City and appeared in nine games (six starts) with the O's, going 2-2 with a 6.34 ERA.

He has pitched against the Red Sox only twice, both coming in relief. He has been charged with seven earned runs in six innings against Boston.

Righty Nick Pivetta (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will counter for Boston after a successful first outing against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pivetta went five innings in Boston's 11-2 win last Monday, giving up two hits and striking out four.

He is now 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA in three starts as a member of the Red Sox. Boston acquired him in a deal with Philadelphia last season.

Beating the Rays was big for Pivetta and the Red Sox as they were coming off the sweep.

"It was nice to get out there," Pivetta said. "It was really exciting, I had a lot of fun, and this gets the monkey off our backs a little bit. We can all just kind of roll forward from here."

Before Saturday's game, the Orioles made a roster move as they activated outfielder DJ Stewart from the 10-day IL as he had been out since March 5 with a left hamstring strain.

He went 1-for-3 with a walk in his debut as he batted fifth in the lineup.

Pat Valaika was optioned to the alternate training site to create roster space.

"I have had hamstring problems before in the minor leagues, and this one felt worse than those had been," Stewart said Saturday. "It definitely took longer than I expected it to, but I thought it would be longer than a week or two. I'm just happy it's behind me and I am healthy now."

The Red Sox will be without J.D. Martinez after he was placed on the COVID-19 IL on Saturday. Martinez is hitting .433 (13-for-30) with seven doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs.

The Red Sox replaced Martinez on the 26-man roster with infielder Michael Chavis, who was called up from the alternate training site at Triple-A Worcester.

--Field Level Media

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Last 10

W 100% L 0%
9 0
  • @Minnesota W 7 - 1
  • @Minnesota W 3 - 2
  • @Minnesota W 4 - 2
  • @Minnesota D 0 - 0
  • @Baltimore W 14 - 9
  • @Baltimore W 6 - 4
  • @Baltimore W 7 - 3
  • Tampa Bay W 2 - 9
  • Tampa Bay W 5 - 6
  • Tampa Bay W 2 - 11
W 25% L 75%
2 6
  • Seattle D 0 - 0
  • Seattle W 6 - 7
  • Seattle L 4 - 3
  • Seattle D 0 - 0
  • Boston L 14 - 9
  • Boston L 6 - 4
  • Boston L 7 - 3
  • @NY Yankees W 4 - 3
  • @NY Yankees L 2 - 7
  • @NY Yankees L 0 - 7

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Last Meetings

  • Red Sox @ Orioles 14-9
  • Red Sox @ Orioles 6-4
  • Red Sox @ Orioles 7-3
  • Orioles @ Red Sox 11-3
  • Orioles @ Red Sox 4-2
  • Orioles @ Red Sox 3-0
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  • Red Sox @ Orioles 3-6
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American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals64 .6000.04.94.7 4-22-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians64 .6000.04.22.6 4-12-36-0-4
Minnesota Twins56 .4551.55.43.7 1-44-25-0-5
Detroit Tigers56 .4551.53.95.3 3-32-34-0-6
Chicago White Sox56 .4551.55.04.1 2-23-45-0-5
Boston Red Sox83 .7270.05.94.3 3-35-08-0-2
Toronto Blue Jays66 .5002.54.53.7 3-33-35-0-5
Tampa Bay Rays56 .4553.04.15.7 3-22-44-0-6
Baltimore Orioles56 .4553.04.55.4 1-44-24-0-6
New York Yankees57 .4173.54.03.8 3-32-44-0-6
Los Angeles Angels75 .5830.05.15.4 4-23-36-0-4
Houston Astros65 .5450.55.54.3 1-45-15-0-5
Seattle Mariners65 .5450.54.65.6 3-33-25-0-5
Oakland Athletics57 .4172.04.06.2 1-64-15-0-5
Texas Rangers47 .3642.54.05.0 2-42-34-0-6

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers75 .5830.04.43.3 3-34-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds75 .5830.06.34.7 5-12-46-0-4
St. Louis Cardinals66 .5001.05.05.3 2-44-25-0-5
Chicago Cubs57 .4172.02.74.3 3-32-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates47 .3642.54.05.4 3-21-53-0-7
Philadelphia Phillies65 .5450.03.73.9 5-11-45-0-5
New York Mets43 .5710.03.43.6 3-11-24-0-3
Miami Marlins46 .4001.54.34.3 1-53-14-0-5
Atlanta Braves47 .3642.04.34.7 2-32-44-0-6
Washington Nationals36 .3332.03.44.8 1-22-43-0-6
Los Angeles Dodgers92 .8180.05.83.1 4-05-29-0-1
San Francisco Giants84 .6671.53.42.9 5-13-37-0-3
San Diego Padres84 .6671.54.12.8 4-34-16-0-4
Arizona Diamondbacks48 .3335.54.65.7 2-32-54-0-6
Colorado Rockies38 .2736.04.45.2 3-40-42-0-8

Last Injuries

Baltimore Orioles

  • Austin Hays

    Late April | 10-day IL

    Hays has wound up on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain, and he is expected to be sidelined until the end of April.

  • Mac Sceroler

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Sceroler had been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder tendinitis, and it remains to be seen if he will return to action.

  • Freddy Galvis

    Ques Tues | questionable

    Galvis is dealing with a leg injury, and it is unknown if he will take on the Mariners on Tuesday.

  • DJ Stewart

    Out indefinitely | out

    Stewart has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a left hamstring strain, and he is expected to face the Red Sox on Saturday.

  • Hunter Harvey

    Early June | 60-day IL

    Harvey has been posted to the 60-day injured list due to a left oblique injury, and he is not expected to make his season debut until the early part of June.

  • Shawn Armstrong

    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Armstrong has been assigned to the COVID-19 injured list, and it remains to be seen when he will make his season debut.

  • Anthony Santander

    Prob Fri | probable

    Santander is bothered by a minor oblique injury, but it is likely that he will face the Red Sox on Friday.

Boston Red Sox

  • Hunter Renfroe

    Ques Tues | questionable

    Renfroe has missed the last two games due to an unspecified ailment, and it is unclear if he will suit up for Tuesday's matchup versus the Twins.

  • Ryan Brasier

    Out indefinitely | out

    Brasier will miss an extended period while recovering from a fracture in his fifth metacarpal on his right hand.

  • J.D. Martinez

    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Martinez has hit the COVID-19 list with flu-like symptoms, and will be out for an unknown length of time.

  • Eduardo Rodriguez

    Prob Thurs | 10-day IL

    Rodriguez is on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, but he is expected to make his season debut on Thursday versus the Orioles.

  • Rafael Devers

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Devers will not be in the starting lineup against the Orioles on Sunday as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Christian Vazquez

    Prob Fri | probable

    Vazquez is expected to take on the Orioles on Friday despite an eye injury.

  • Bobby Dalbec

    Prob Fri | probable

    Dalbec is dealing with right index finger soreness, but it is projected that he will take the field against the Orioles on Friday.

  • Matt Andriese

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Andriese is away from the team due to contract tracing, leaving his availability against the Orioles on Friday clouded.