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Final: Orioles 9, Red Sox 5 – Orioles capitalize on walks in win over Sox

A sloppy effort all around cost the Red Sox dearly in a 9-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Red Sox pitchers issued eight walks, their fielders committed two errors and their hitters produced just six hits all afternoon.

Rick Porcello lasted just four innings-plus and walked five. The bullpen didn't fare any better with both Colten Brewer and Marcus Walden cuffed around and showing erratic command (three walks between them).

Chris Davis, who came into the game 0-for-33 this year, collected three hits and knocked in four runs.

Four of the five Red Sox runs were produced by Christian Vazquez, who had a two-run homer and a two-run double.

WHO: Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
WHEN: 1:05 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SERIES TO DATE: Red Sox won the opener of the series, 6-4
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Rick Porcello (0-2, 13.50) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (2-1, 5.28)


4:19   Spectacular, sprawling play by Pedroia, who dives to glove a hard grounder by Cedric Mullins, saving a run in the process.

4:01   Christian Vazquez's big day at the plate continues with a two-run, Wall-scraping double.  He's 2-for-3 and has knocked in four of the five Boston runs. Those four RBI represent a career high for the catcher.

3:10    Looked like Pedroia inadvertently screened Xander Bogaerts on a sharply hit ball to the right of second, resulting in a two-run single for Rio Ruiz. It's been that kind of afternoon for the Red Sox.

3:08   Just as happened with Porcello, walks are doing in Colten Brewer. He walked two of the first three hitters he faced, loading the bases, then yielded a run-scoring single to left by Renato Nunez. Bases still loaded, no out.

2:55    Red Sox worked Cashner for a 30-pitch third and had his count at 58 after three innings. But in the last two, Cashner has retired them in order both times and needed just 18 pitches to get the last six outs.

2:47   Hembree had terrific success in stranding runners last year, which is probably one of the reasons Cora went to him with two on and no out in the fifth. Davis crushed a double on the first pitch before Hembree dug in and got three more outs, stranding two.

2:25   That's it for Porcello, who lasts just four-plus. Battled out of jams and stranded seven over the first four frames, but five walks and an inflated pitch count (90, to get just a dozen outs) proved his undoing. Heath Hembree on. The fact that only slightly more than half of Porcello's pitches (48 of 90) were for strikes highlights his control issues.

2:19   Porcello bails out of a runner-on-third, two-out jam, but it costs him 23 pitches to get out of the inning. He's thrown 82 after four and would seem to be good for just one more.

2:03  Christian Vazquez flicks a hanging curveball off the light standard in the Monster Seats in left and the Red Sox have tied the game. Second homer of the year for Vazquez; came on 3-1 pitch.

2:00 Red Sox put Devers in motion to stay out of the double play and thanks to the bobble by Hanser Alberto on a sharp grounder up the middle, Devers is safe at second. Dustin Pedroia out at first, but Sox have a runner in scoring position for the first time today.

1:35  Rafael Devers didn't give up a tough shot, tracked it down to his left and still had time to make the play at first to just nab Trey Mancini.

1:21  Meanwhile, the troubles continue for Rick Porcello. He walked two in the first, giving him nine walks in 8.1 innings. Mystifying for a guy who averaged 2.3 walks per nine innings last year and as recently as 2016, averaged 1.3 walks per nine innings.

1:18 The long national nightmare for Chris Davis is over. He came into the game 0-for-33 and 0-for-54 dating back to last September, singles to right, scoring two.