Red Sox Get into Rhythm With a Shutout of the Orioles


Davis walked to the plate in the top of the first inning to what mostly appeared to be mock cheers from the home crowd when he was announced. Just a few days after picking up his first few hits of the season, Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis belted his first home run of 2019.

Means allowed one run on four hits in five innings to drop his ERA to 1.98, and the relief corps of Evan Phillips, Paul Fry and Lucas tried to keep it a one-run game.

"Significant weight lifted off my shoulders", he said later.

Davis lined an RBI double in the fifth that put the Orioles ahead 3-2.

Prior to that single, Davis had been hitless in 62 consecutive plate appearances (also an Major League Baseball record) and 33 at-bats this season.

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For Davis, it was the slugger's first home run since August 24.

John Means tossed five innings of one-run ball Sunday in a loss to the Red Sox.

"What cost us the game was not being able to move runners and score runners off David Price, who was really good today, and you've got to be able to execute with him on the mound", Manager Brandon Hyde said. He was hit in the head by a curveball from Oakland RHP J.B. Wendelken the day before.

The Red Sox have won 43 of their last 62 divisional games and are 40-16 in their last 56 home games overall. Pedroia returned after getting Friday off as the club proceeds slowly after he missed all but three games previous year due to a knee injury. There's too much talent in this lineup to be a middle-of-the-pack offense, which is where the Red Sox rank in most batting categories.

Starter Andrew Cashner picked up his third win of the season, while four other Orioles' hitter had multiple hits - Jonathan Villar, Trey Mancini, Renato Nunez, and Rio Ruiz, who all had two hits.