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Final: Baltimore Orioles 7, Red Sox 4

With their one-sided Opening Night win a distant memory, the Red Sox dropped their second straight to the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4, losing their opening series in the process to a team which finished in last place last year.

Starter Ryan Weber allowed two runs in the first, another in the third and couldn't get out of the fourth as the Sox found themselves playing from behind before they could come to the plate for the second straight day.

The Sox got solo homers from Christian Vazquez and Kevin Pillar and a two-run single in the sixth from Xander Bogaerts, but little else as they were held to just seven hits.

Boston pitchers issued eight walks on the afternoon.

WHO: Red Sox (1-1) vs. Baltimore Orioles (1-1)
WHEN: 1:35 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SERIES TO DATE: 1-1
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Ryan Weber (2-4, 5.19 in 2019) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-7, 5.71 in 2019)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM

LINEUPS

RED SOX

Peraza 2B
Martinez DH
Devers 3B
Bogaerts SS
Pillar RF
Vazquez C
Verdugo LF
Chavis 1B
Bradley CF

ORIOLES

Hays CF
Santander RF
Iglesias SS
Ruiz 3B
Alberto 2B
Davis 1B
Nunez DH
Cisco C
Stewart LF

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS:

4:38 Austin Brice, in his second appearance of the series, allows a run-scoring Wall double to Chris Davis and the Orioles have some additional insurance in the ninth.

4:10 Sox pitchers have issued eight walks today. To the Orioles.

3;35 Single to left by Bogaerts scores two and brings the potential tying run to the plate.

3:32 Devers collects his first hit of the season -- a sharp, opposite-field double into the left field corner. Had been 0-for-11. That chases LeBlanc and brings in Miguel Castro.

3:09 Pillar belts a solo homer into the Monster Seats. Sox have two hits -- both of them solo homers.

3;04 Brewer records the first 1-2-3 inning for the Red Sox, getting the O's in order in the top of the fifth.

2:57 Santander takes what likely would have been a home run away from Xander Bogaerts just beyond the foul pole in right -- leaping against the wall and reaching into the seats for the third out.

2:40 Not a horrible pitch from Weber --a changeup at the bottom of the zone -- but Santander golfed it into the bullpen for a two-run homer. It's 6-1 and that's it for Weber. Brewer on. Two straight days in which the Red Sox starter has allowed at least five runs.

2:33 Sacrifice fly to the warning track in center for Austin Hays scores Renato Nunez from third and it's 4-1 Baltimore. Colten Brewer warming.

2:29 That's three walks for Weber in three-plus innings. He allows enough contact as it is; can't be adding extra baserunners with walks to the mix, too.

2:17 Nice sliding catch by Alex Verdugo on a sinking liner by Chris Davis saves a run for the Sox.

2:10 A leadoff walk to Anthony Santander proves costly for Weber, who allows a hard-hit double to left center to Jose Iglesias, re-establishing two-run lead for O's.

2:01 Christian Vazquez with a high fly ball over everything in left for a solo homer, slicing the Orioles' lead in half.

1:56 Jackie Bradley Jr. lays out to make a catch on a soft liner from Austin Hays. That's the third diving catch he's made in three games.

1:49 Rafael Devers still in search of his first hit, retired on a flyout to RF. Now 0-for-10.

1:41 Ryan Weber left a cutter up high in the zone and Rio Ruiz drove into the bullpen for a two-run homer. Second straight day in which the Red Sox trail by multiple runs before they get a chance to hit.

1:40 Kevin Pillar gave some thought to trying to throw to first to catch Jose Iglesias on a single to RF, but Michael Chavis was off the bag.