Limited to two hits -- the first in their first at-bat and their second with two outs in the ninth -- the Red Sox were blanked by the Baltimore Orioles, 3-0 in their 2021 season opener.
Baltimore starter John Means allowed two baserunners over seven innings -- Kiké Hernándezsingled to lead off the first and Xander Bogaerts reached on an infield error to open the second -- and earned the win.
It was the first shutout loss for the Red Sox in their season opener since 1976 -- also a loss to Baltimore.
Nathan Eovaldi allowed just one run over 5.1 innings but suffered the loss. Baltimore scored two in the sixth when reliever Matt Andriese issued a walk, had a runner reach on an error and allowed a two-run double to RyanMountcastle.
The Orioles added an insurance run off Josh Taylor in the eighth.
WHO:Red Sox (0-0) vs. Baltimore Orioles (0-0) WHEN: 2:10 p.m. WHERE: Fenway Park SEASON SERIES TO DATE: 0-0 STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Nathan Eovaldi vs. LHP John Means TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI-FM