BALTIMORE –-Dylan Bundy was snapped back to reality by the Boston Red Sox. Instead of looking like a pitcher who had allowed just three runs and eight hits in his last three starts, Bundy looked a lot like a pitcher in his seventh major league start.
Bundy set career highs, allowing five runs on nine hits as the Orioles fell to the Boston Red Sox for the second straight night, 8-1 before 26,160 at Oriole Park on Wednesday.
The game was called after six innings due to rain after a delay of 77 minutes.
“We didn’t pitch particularly well in certain spots. Some we did. You have to be on top of your game pitching-wise and we haven’t been swinging the bats well, and I think a lot of it had to do, compound that with seeing two good pitchers. And they pitched well out of the bullpen,” manager Buck Showalter said.
What was the difference for Bundy?
“They hit everything,” Bundy said with a laugh. “I guess. I don't know. I threw some good pitches and they still hit ‘em. So, it’s just one of those nights. Just got to learn from it and get better from here.”
The Orioles (66-53) have fallen to third place in the AL East, trailing Toronto by two games and Boston (67-52) by one.
“Good offensive team. He made a couple mistakes, but I think it was more about them than him. I thought the command was a little off, He got some counts he normally doesn’t get in,” Showalter said.
After retiring Mookie Betts on a ground out to second, Bundy hit Jackie Bradley, Jr. with a pitch. With two outs, Brock Holt and Travis Shaw singled with Bradley scoring on Shaw’s hit. Andrew Benintendi walked to load the bases, and further damage was temporarily averted when Hyun Soo Kim made a fine catch on Dustin Pedroia’s fly ball to end the inning.
Chris Davis hit his ninth lifetime home run on Eutaw Street with one out in the second off David Price. It was his 25th of the season.
It was just Davis’ third home run since the All-Star break, and he’s batting only .220.
“I feel like I’ve been one swing away all year. It’s just a matter of going out there and doing it over and over again. It would be nice to say, ‘Yeah absolutely.’ But there is nothing that’s guaranteed in this game, so I’m going to continue to grind it out and do whatever I can,” Davis said.
The Orioles feel the division will be close for the rest of the season, but a sweep, even a two-game one at home is particularly difficult to digest because they have played so well here.
“Last night I thought it was a little better game on our part and tonight it kind of got away from us. Obviously with the rain we didn’t have a chance to really get back in it. Thankfully it was only a two games series. We still have a lot of time left, so we’ll regroup and get after it tomorrow,” Davis said.
Bundy retired the first two batters of the third, but looked as if he rolled his ankle falling off the mound on David Ortiz’s grounder. After a brief exam, he stayed in and walked Betts. Bradley hit his 27th home run for a 3-1 lead. Bundy (6-4) allowed singles to Sandy Leon and Brock Holt before getting out of the inning.
“I was going to get the ball and came down on my right foot and just kind of rolled. So, it’s fine. Obviously we will see how it is tomorrow. I was able to pitch after that. So, should be fine,” Bundy said.
Leon hit his sixth home run with Betts on second in the fifth, and Bundy was finished after Holt doubled.
Tyler Wilson allowed three runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Ortiz and a two-run double by Bradley for an 8-1 Boston lead.
Wilson was to be removed after the sixth because he may be needed to start on Saturday in case Chris Tillman, who was pushed back three days because of shoulder discomfort, can’t.
Price (11-9) pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing one run on four hits.
Showalter knew rain was in the forecast, and said he thought about starting another pitcher because he didn’t want to waste Bundy, but rain started well into the game.
“Not a strange night, but one that you’d like to turn the page on and regroup for tomorrow,” Showalter said.
NOTE: Kim started for the second time this season against a left-hander and was 0-for-2. …The Houston Astros begin a four-game series here on Thursday night. Joe Musgrove (1-0, 1.47) faces Kevin Gausman (3-10, 4.04).