A lousy Patriots Day showing capped a lost weekend for the Red Sox, who were thumped by the Baltimore Orioles, 8-1, earning them just a split with a team which lost 115 games a year ago.
A half-dozen Red Sox pitchers combined to allow 10 hits to the O's, while Red Sox hitters didn't muster a base hit until the fifth inning. The lone Boston run came that inning as Xander Bogaerts (single) scored on a fielder's choice by Steve Pearce.
Marcus Walden gave up a three-run homer to Dwight Smith Jr. in the fifth and Smith added a two-run double off Tyler Thornburg in the ninth, accounting for five of the eight Orioles' runs.
The Sox had just four hits on the afternoon.
WHO: Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
WHEN: 11:05 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SERIES TO DATE: Red Sox hold a 2-1 edge, winning the opener, losing the second game, and winning Saturday.
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Hector Velazquez (0-0, 2.79 ) vs. RHP Dan Straily (0-1, 19.29)
TV/RADIO: NESN/WEEI 93.7 FM
2:11 The carnage continues -- two-run double by Dwight Smith (five RBI on the day) makes it 8-1.
1:09 That was either Yaz or Steve Pearce coming out of nowhere to make a sliding catch on a shallow fly to left, neatly avoiding a collision with backpedaling Xander Bogaerts.
12:56 Blake Swihart hit that one on the screws -- hardest-hit ball of the day -- but right at right fielder Trey Mancini.
12:51 Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde ejected after arguing that Rafael Devers was guilty of an illegal slide on a takeout play at second. Review didn't go his way, so Hyde came out to argue with third base umpire Ben May, who ran him.
12:38 Seemingly not a bad pitch by Walden -- at the very bottom of the zone -- but golfed by Dwight Smith Jr. two seats beyond the Pesky Pole for the shortest Fenway homer imaginable. Didn't help that Walden invited trouble by walking No. 8 hitter Richie Martin to start the inning.
12:13 Strong first inning of work from Marcus Walden, who strikes out the side, with all three hitters going down swinging.
11:58 Quick inning (eight pitches) helps Velazquez and his pitch count. On Sunday, Alex Cora said he hoped for five innings from him today, while conceding that four innings might a more realistic goal. He's at 57 pitches through three.
11:41 Velazquez bails himself out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam, but needed 33 pitches to get through the top of the second inning.
11:36 Ball glances off the glove of Rafael Devers at third, allowing Jesus Sucre to reach. Fifth error in 17 games for Devers.
11:32 Wall ball for Renato Nunez, scoring Rio Ruiz from second base. Nunez, however, is out trying to stretch, as Vazquez -- there's that name again -- applying the tag at second on a throw from Mookie Betts.
11:26 Velazquez came into the game with no walks in 9.2 innings, but has issued walks to two of the first four hitters he's faced.
11:23 Three pretty hard-hit balls by Sox hitters -- one to short, two back to the mound -- but nothing to show for it.
11:16 Not the most conventional flip to second, but on his first chance, Christian Vazquez helps to start a 4-6-3 double play that ends the top of the first