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BSJ Game Report: Orioles 7, Red Sox 4 – Starting pitching fails again

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox'  7-4 loss to the Orioles, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:

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Weber lit up: It was a cruel repeat of Saturday for the Red Sox. Once again, they found themselves playing from behind and trailing by multiple runs even before they came to bat. Ryan Weber got two quick outs and then allowed a single and two-run homer. A walk and run-scoring double produced another run in the third and another big inning and another two-run homer followed in the fourth as he failed to get out of the inning. Weber's stuff is far from electric and he needs precise command to be effective. He couldn't sink his two-seamer to induce groundballs and caught too much of the plate with his other pitches. In the last two games, Red Sox starters have given up 11 runs -- 10 earned -- in just 8.2 innings pitched. The worst thing is, these shellackings came at the end of a relatively weak lineup in the Orioles. If Boston starters are struggling against a lineup like Baltimore's, what's going to happen when they face the Yankees, Atlanta and other quality teams?

Offense slumps again: After pounding out 17 hits and 13 runs in Friday's opener, the offense has cooled considerably, with just six runs in the final 18 innings -- again, against a staff that is supposed to be worse than their own. Perhaps Red Sox hitters are pressing because the team keeps finding itself in a big hole in the first few innings. Whatever the case, some hitters look lost. Rafael Devers finally connected for his first hit of the season, but others appear out of sync. The offense hasn't been able to construct longer innings -- just once on Sunday did the Sox send more than four hitters to the plate. Accordingly, when they did manage to do some damage and hit the ball out of the ballpark (Christian Vazquez, Kevin Pillar), both times, it happened with no baserunners. Said Vazquez: "It's a short season. We need to start hitting. We're slow. Our bats stayed in camp.''