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Rich Hill pitches Red Sox to another win over skidding O's

Field Level Media
29 Sep 2022, 12:19 GMT+10

Alex Verdugo went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs and Rich Hill pitched six shutout innings as the Boston Red Sox downed the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Verdugo bookended Boston's (74-81) scoring with an RBI single in the first inning and a leadoff homer in the sixth. Abraham Almonte's first long ball with the Red Sox came in the third.

Hill (8-7) struck out nine -- his second-highest total of the season -- and walked only one while allowing just five hits. The 42-year-old left-hander is 5-1 in 19 career games (nine starts) against Baltimore.

Matt Barnes logged his sixth save for Boston, striking out pinch hitter Adley Rutschman with the potential tying run on first in the ninth.

For the Orioles (80-75), Robinson Chirinos hit an eighth-inning homer and Ryan McKenna went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk.

Dean Kremer (8-6) allowed three runs, six hits and four walks in a five-inning start for the Orioles, who have lost two straight and four of their last five games.

Boston scored right away against Kremer, who had pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout on Friday against Houston.

Rafael Devers started the first-inning offense with a ground-rule double to deep center and, after Xander Bogaerts walked, scored on a Verdugo single up the middle that extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Almonte's solo shot to right led off the third, extending Boston's lead to 2-0. It was his first homer since July 29, 2021.

Austin Hays and Tyler Nevin hit consecutive two-out singles in the fourth inning, but Hill induced a Jorge Mateo flyout to end Baltimore's biggest threat of the night. The Boston southpaw allowed just one baserunner thereafter and struck out four of the last six batters he faced.

Verdugo made it 3-0 as he dropped a solo homer inside the right field foul pole. J.D. Martinez followed with a double to chase Kremer from the game.

After Ryan Brasier dealt a 1-2-3 seventh inning, Chirinos lined a leadoff solo shot to center off Kaleb Ort to break up the combined shutout bid. It was Baltimore's 10th homer of the series.

--Field Level Media

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