BOSTON (AP) — Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter would like to be back at Fenway Park to play games in October.
If his team can keep scoring runs like it has the last two games, he might just get his wish.
Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis had home runs, and the Baltimore Orioles used a seven-run fifth inning to power past the Boston Red Sox 16-3 on Friday night.
The 16 runs is a season-high for the Orioles, who have won three out their last four as they try to stay in the mix for one of the American League’s wild-card spots. Trey Mancini led Baltimore with four RBIs.
Boston lost two straight for the first time in a month as injuries continued to mount for the AL East leaders. And once again, a slide by Orioles star Manny Machado hurt a Red Sox second baseman.
Two nights after losing center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to a sprained thumb, utilityman Eduardo Nunez exited in the second inning with a left wrist and thumb sprain after he was brushed by Machado on a hard slide into second. X-rays were negative, and he is day-to-day.
Earlier this year, a late slide by Machado injured Red Sox star second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s knee, hobbling him for much of the season.
Jeremy Hellickson (8-7) allowed four hits and three runs over seven innings to pick up his second win in an Orioles uniform.
“Probably scored too many runs, actually,” Hellickson said of the run support. “(By the) fifth inning I felt like I haven’t thrown the whole game. You can’t say enough about this offense.”
With the loss Rick Porcello (8-15) snapped a string of four straight wins, surrendering a career-high 11 runs off nine hits before getting pulled in the fifth.
Boston’s defense also struggled, committing a season-high five errors. The 16 runs tied the most allowed this season by the Red Sox.
“It seemed like every pitch we threw over the plate they squared up,” manager John Farrell said.
Things fell apart early for Porcello, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, who looked to be turning a corner after a poor start to 2017.
He gave up five runs off five hits in the first two innings, including the home run to Trumbo, to go along with a throwing error and a wild pitch.
“You saw it. I threw it. They hit it,” Porcello said.
Porcello has given up 31 home runs this season, the most by a Red Sox pitcher since Josh Beckett surrendered 36 in 2006.
Meanwhile, Baltimore has scored 24 runs over its last two games.
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