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Orioles take advantage of Red Sox errors in 16-3 rout

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Orioles take advantage of Red Sox errors in 16-3 rout

BOSTON -- 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.

BACK IN BOSTON

Orioles star Adam Jones played for the first time at Fenway Park since a tense series in early May during which he was the target of racial taunts by fans. The Red Sox organization apologized to Jones, and the center fielder was later given a standing ovation by the Boston crowd.

Before the game Jones declined to discuss his thoughts about the incident coming back for this latest visit. He also had no comment on Red Sox owner John Henry saying he would ask the city to rename Yawkey Way, the street alongside Fenway Park, to change what Henry called a haunting reminder of the ballclub's history of racial intolerance.

PITCHING IN

With the game well out of hand, first baseman Mitch Moreland came on to pitch the ninth inning for the Red Sox. He was the final Boston pitcher of the night. He faced four batters and struck out one. His final pitch of the night registered 94 mph on the scoreboard, but Moreland was skeptical.

"They might have juiced it up a little bit," he said.

RUNNING IT UP

Boston hasn't given up 13 runs in consecutive games since 2006, when it gave up 39 over a three-game stretch to the New York Yankees.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: LHP Zach Britton said before the game that an MRI on his sore left knee revealed that it is "not anything serious," adding that it is structurally in good shape. Showalter wouldn't say when his closer might pitch again, but added "very soon I hope."

Red Sox: Mookie Betts was back in the lineup Friday, a night after leaving in the seventh inning of Boston's loss at Cleveland with a bruised right knee after a diving catch attempt. ... Farrell said Bradley (left thumb sprain) is showing improvement and doing strengthening activity. Dustin Pedroia (left knee swelling) is taking batting practice again, and David Price (left elbow sprain) had advanced to throwing at 120 feet

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (9-9, 5.25 ERA) is making his 28th start of the season. He has taken losses in both of his starts against Boston in 2017.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 4.01) has a 3.25 ERA in his last four starts, while limiting opponents to a .205 batting average.

Report: Red Sox aiming to sign both J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer

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Report: Red Sox aiming to sign both J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer

While the Red Sox’ interest in free agents J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer has been well-documented, it may not be a one-or-the-other situation. 

According to the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman, Boston’s intention is to sign both Martinez and Hosmer in an effort to strengthen an offense that finished last in the American League in home runs in 2016. Though Dave Dombrowski declined to comment on any and all free agent discussions, Silverman wrote that the team’s “goal is to sign them both.” 

Martinez, 30, has seen his power numbers fluctuate throughout his career. He belted 29 homers in 62 games after getting traded to the Diamondbacks last season to finish the campaign with a career-best 45 homers between Detroit and Arizona. His previous career-high in home runs was 38, which he hit in 2015 with the Tigers. 

The 28-year-old Hosmer, who has played his entire career with the Royals since being drafted third overall by them in 2008, hit .318/.385/.498 last season with 25 homers and 94 RBI. He’s hit 25 home runs in back-to-back seasons; they are the only two seasons of his seven-year career in which he’s hit 20 or more.
 
Silverman estimates that signing both players could cost as much as a combined $450 million. 

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Will Red Sox' patient approach pay off?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Will Red Sox' patient approach pay off?

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0:41 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins from the TD Garden to discuss the Celtics getting the win over the Nuggets, Kyrie Irving taking advantage of his matchup, Shane Larkin’s performance off the bench, and if Gordon Hayward will return this season.

5:18 - Michael Holley, Tom Curran, Michael Hurley, and DJ Bean discuss Tom Brady’s success in his career against the Pittsburgh Steelers and if that success will continue on Sunday. 

9:34 - Evan Drellich joins from the MLB Winter Meetings to talk about the Red Sox needing to stay disciplined with their roster flexibility, and the latest on J.D. Martinez. 

15:09 - Holley, Curran, Hurley, and Bean discuss Malcolm Butler’s now deleted retweet about Jay Cutler’s success against the Patriots when facing a blitz.