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Seth Smith, Manny Machado HRs get Orioles started in 3-2 win over Red Sox

Seth Smith, Manny Machado HRs get Orioles started in 3-2 win over Red Sox

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles didn't waste any time scoring against Rick Porcello.

It's a good thing, too, because the 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner got a whole lot sharper as the game wore on.

Seth Smith and Manny Machado hit first-inning home runs to back a redemptive pitching performance by Alec Asher and help Baltimore beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 Friday night.

Jonathan Schoop had two hits and scored a run for the Orioles, who have won four of five following a seven-game losing streak.

After hitting four home runs in the series opener Thursday, the Orioles used the long ball to take control against Porcello (3-7). Smith drove a 3-2 pitch into the right-field seats for his third career leadoff homer, and Machado pulled a fastball into the second deck to make it 2-0.

Baltimore never relinquished the lead.

"Against guys like Porcello, if you get a little pop at them early you'd better take advantage of it because they're going to settle in," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Porcello allowed just one more run over the next five innings before departing.

"I felt better as the game went on, but it's definitely not the way you want to start a ballgame," the right-hander said. "That kind of set the tone."

Asher, in contrast, retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced and ended up allowing two runs and three hits over 6 1-3 innings. It was his second start since replacing Ubaldo Jimenez in the Baltimore rotation; in his first try, Asher (2-3) yielded six runs over two innings in loss to Houston on Sunday.

"It's nice to rebound and have a good game," he said. "But winning the game, that's the No. 1 goal."

Brad Brach, the third Baltimore reliever, got three straight outs for his 11th save in 14 tries.

Pablo Sandoval homered for the Red Sox, now 4-7 against the Orioles after losing two straight in this four-game series between AL East foes.

"Give credit to Asher," manager John Farrell said.

Porcello went 22-4 last year but this season has allowed at least eight hits in seven of 12 starts - including each of the last five.

"I thought as the game went along he got much better," Farrell said. "He's a little snake-bit right now, to be honest."

After Sandoval hit a solo shot in the third inning, Schoop singled and scored on a double by Hyun Soo Kim in the fourth.

The Red Sox chased Asher and closed to 3-2 in the seventh. Xander Bogaerts hit a leadoff double and Jackie Bradley delivered a two-out RBI single off Mychal Givens.


Machado's home run was the first to reach the second deck at Camden Yards since former Orioles slugger Mark Reynolds did it on Aug. 7, 2011, against Toronto.


Boston RF Mookie Betts went 0 for 4 to remain three hits short of 500, but he made a sensational diving catch of a sinking liner hit by Adam Jones in the seventh inning.


Red Sox: Placed LHP Eduardo Rodriguez on the 10-day DL after he re-injured his knee in a fall from the bullpen mound Thursday night. Rodriguez (4-2, 3.54 ERA) will see orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion.

Orioles: LHP Zach Britton (forearm strain) has increased the distance and number of throws he's making daily in Florida. Though there is no specific timetable for his return, the Orioles have already mapped out his rehabilitation schedule, making sure he pitches in minor league games close to Camden Yards.


Red Sox: David Price (0-0, 5.40 ERA) heads to the mound Saturday night for his second start since coming off the DL with an elbow injury. The lefty is 6-0 in 10 career starts at Camden Yards.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (6-3, 2.89) makes his fourth start of the season against Boston. He's 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA.

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.