BALTIMORE--For a time on Tuesday night, the Orioles seemed as if they would pull off another exciting comeback wins.
Mookie Betts had other ideas.
After the Orioles had broken up a combined no-hitter by the Boston Red Sox and then tied the game at 3, Betts answered with a two-run home run, his second homer of the night.
Driving in all five of the Red Sox’s runs and becoming the first opposing player to hit seven home runs in a season at Oriole Park—in just five games—Betts’ heroics dealt the Orioles a 5-3 loss before 26,014.
Betts, who homered five times in two games on May 31 and June 1, hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, and then the two-run shot in eighth. He has 28 home runs, 89 RBIs and a .315 average.
“I’m sure there are some numbers to dictate that it’s more us, but he’s been having that type of year against most everybody. He’s a really good player having a big year and we did a lot of good things to get back in the game,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“He’s a good player. We shouldn’t feel like he’s picking on us but I know it seems like it.”
With the game tied at 3, Betts hit his 28th home run off Brad Brach (7-2) to put Boston (66-52) ahead 5-3.
“It was just a fastball. Just kind of cut on me. Was trying to go away and out, it was just a bad pitch. He took a good swing and hit it out,” Brach said.
Brad Ziegler (1-3) was the winner. He threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Robbie Ross, Jr. recorded an out, and Craig Kimbrel picked up his 21st save.
Eduardo Rodriguez gave up only one baserunner, a walk to Chris Davis in the first four innings, and he struck out seven.
After Rodriguez threw two balls to Steve Pearce, who was leading off the fifth, Boston manager John Farrell came to the mound and removed the left-hander.
Rodriguez left with a tight left hamstring, and Matt Barnes came on to relieve him. Barnes completed the walk, which was charged to Rodriguez, and retired the next seven batters to face him.
Jonathan Schoop came closest to a hit. His bloop was snared by second baseman Dustin Pedroia to end the sixth.
“Eddie’s tough. We knew that when he was over here, and anytime you get a pitching change in the middle of the [fifth] inning, you’ve kind have got to readjust, but we play nine innings. We weren’t freaking out in the dugout. We just knew we had to put some hits together, and sometimes with this offense, it’s better to get them in bunches than spread them out,” Matt Wieters said.
Barnes walked Mark Trumbo with one out in the seventh, and Pearce hit a dribbler that Xander Bogaerts couldn’t catch up with, and he reached with on the infield single.
Fernando Abad relieved Barnes, and he walked Chris Davis to load the bases. Wieters singled to left, scoring Trumbo and Pearce.
Ziegler replaced Abad and struck out J.J. Hardy for the third time. Hyun Soo Kim singled to load the bases, and Adam Jones drew a bases-loaded walk to allow the Orioles (66-52) tie the score at 3.
Yovani Gallardo walked five batters in five innings, but it wasn’t until Xander Bogaerts became his fifth that one scored.
Gallardo loaded the bases in the third with two outs. Mookie Betts flied to Davis in right to end the inning.
In the fifth, Andrew Benintendi doubled to lead off. Pedroia hit a ball that caromed off Gallardo’s right forearm and right to J.J. Hardy, who threw to first to get the out.
Showalter and trainer Richie Bancells came out to check on Gallardo, but he stayed in and walked Bogaerts and struck out David Ortiz. Then, Betts hit his first home run.
Gallardo allowed four hits in five innings.
“It’s all right. It got me pretty good. It’s a little stiff, but I’ll be all right,” Gallardo said.
Showalter said the Orioles would check on Gallardo Wednesday, but the right-hander doesn’t expect any tests.
“I mean if it were going to get hit I think it hit that one spot that’s mostly muscle. So just try to see how it feels tomorrow. Right now it’s just stiff, which I expected. But I think I’ll be all right,” Gallardo said.
NOTES: Chris Tillman has been scratched from Wednesday’s start because of shoulder discomfort. He’s been pushed back to Saturday against Houston. Dylan Bundy (6-3, 2.93) starts against David Price (10-8, 4.29). … T.J. McFarland allowed four runs on three hits in one-third of an inning for Frederick in his initial rehab assignment.