On the final weekend of the regular season, the Red Sox aren't going out on a high note. They dropped their second straight to the last-place Baltimore Orioles, 9-4, allowing four homers in the process.
The Sox led after the first inning 3-2 as it looked like both teams were prepped for a high-scoring slugfest. But only the Orioles made good on that promise, pulling away four runs off former teammate Andrew Cashner in the sixth inning.
The Sox did have back-to-back homers in the first from Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez but could muster just one more run over the final eight inning.
WHO: Red Sox (83-77) vs. Baltimore Orioles (53-107)
WHEN: 1:05 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: Boston 11-6
SERIES TO DATE: Baltimore 1-0
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-11) vs. LHP John Means (11-11, 3.54)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM
3:59 Red Sox cough up a golden chance to get back into the game. After the Orioles had a fundamental breakdown, failing to cover the bag on a forceout, Brock Holt hits into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
3:07 Andrew Cashner gets roughed up by his former teammates - five hits lead to four runs and a baserunner at first as Cashner gives way to Colten Brewer. The four runs are the most Cashner has yielded out of the bullpen.
2:39 Now that Chacin is done for the days, a sense of normalcy has returned to the game for the Sox. Relievers have turned in 2.1 innings in relief and have yet to allow a hit while walking two.
1:56 It's Renato Nunez's turn to tee off on Chacin. He goes over everything in left for the third homer of the afternoon. That's all for Chacin, who, after giving the Sox a couple of good "opener'' starts has now allowed four runs in each of his last three, none of which have lasted as long as four innings.
1:39 Welcome to Home Run Derby, Final Weekend Edition. Through an inning and a half, only four homers hit, the latest -- by No. 9 hitter Richie Martin -- ties the game at 3-3.
1:30 And just as quickly, the Red Sox grab the lead back with consecutive homers -- a two-run belt by Xander Bogaerts and a follow-up solo blast from J.D. Martinez. That's the 10th time the Sox have gone back-to-back this season.
1:08 Well, that didn't take long. A leadoff double by Jonathan Villar and a two-run homer into the bullpen for D.J. Stewart and after only four pitches, the O's are up 2-0 against Jhouys Chacin.