The final home game of the 2020 season was a faceplant.
The Baltimore Orioles banged out 18 hits and belted the Red Sox 13-1, handing the Sox their most lopsided loss of the season.
Martin Perez's final outing of the season was a poor one, as he was shelled for six runs in just four innings. The game ended with infielder Tzu-Wei Lin pitching the ninth inning for Boston and allowing three runs including a towering homer on the first pitch of his major league pitching debut.
The only Sox run came on the back end of a double play in the fifth inning.
WHO: Red Sox (22-34) vs. Baltimore Orioles (23-33)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SEASON SERIES: BOS 5-4
SERIES TO DATE: BOS 2-0
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Martin Perez (3-4, 3.88) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (1-5, 4.76)
T8th: Domingo Tapia slings it at 98 mph. Ramon Urias hits it back off Tapia at 106 mph, off his right biceps. Scrambles to make underhand throw to first for the out, but not surprisingly, Tapia has left the game.
T6th: Hard to believe that the same Rafael Devers who leads the league in errors -- regardless of position -- is also capable of making a play like that, sprawling to make a backhand stop, then scrambling to his feet to make a chest-high throw to first.
B5th: Red Sox load the bases with no out....and come away with a single run. That one scored on a double play by Christian Arroyo. Could have used the inning as a chance to get back into the game.
T5th: Covey isn't fooling the Orioles any more than Perez was. He's allowed three well-struck hits (including a double to the wall in straightaway CF) and been charged with two runs already.
T5th: That's all for Perez, who endures his worst start of the season: six runs on nine hits in just four innings. Leaves his ERA at 4.50. Began the night at 3.88. Dylan Covey on for the fifth.
T4th: Jose Iglesias takes Perez out to the home bullpen and it's quickly 6-0.
T4th: Alex Verdugo has made very few misplays in the outfield this season, but that wasn't his finest moment -- he overran a ball by Ramon Urias as the ball sails over his head, scoring Rio Ruiz from second.
B3rd: Baltimore rookie outfielder Ryan Mountcastle does a nice job tracking a fly into the left field corner by Rafael Devers.
B2nd: Christian Vazquez thrown out trying to steal third for the final out of the inning. Appears he beat the throw, but on the slide, took his hand off the bag and was tagged out. Not sure I saw the reason for trying to go there, however,.
T2nd: It's evident that the final start of the year for Perez is not going to go as smoothly as Nathan Eovaldi's did Wednesday night. Perez has faced nine hitters tonight and six have reached, including the first four here in the second inning.
T2nd: Coincidentally or not, Perez is also getting hit hard -- three consecutive base hits, resulting in a run in and baserunners at the corners with no out.
T2nd: Martin Perez is pitching at an absolutely glacial pace.