BOSTON—Kevin Gausman put the Orioles in a big hole. Even though the Orioles offense scored four late runs, it wasn’t enough to prevent them from their fourth loss in five games.
Gausman’s first win of the season will have to wait because his 11th start of the season was by far his shortest and least productive.
Gausman allowed six runs in just three innings as the Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox 6-4 before 36,233 at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
After Gausman gave up the six runs, the Orioles scored two in the seventh and eighth to keep the game somewhat interesting.
Gausman (0-4) had six quality starts in his previous 10 starts, but this one went south quickly.
“I’m kind of in a little funk right now. Feel like I’m throwing the ball well, but a couple pitches here and there,” Gausman said.
Travis Shaw’s RBI double in the second put Boston ahead 1-0. In the third, Gausman allowed four straight singles to start the third, and already down 3-0, served up a long three-run home run to Hanley Ramirez, his fifth, and it was 6-0.
Gausman’s winless streak on the road reached 17 games. His last win away from home came on Aug. 22, 2014.
“He was strong. He was crisp,” Showalter said. “You could tell he felt good, almost maybe too good…He had too good of stuff to give up six runs.”
The Orioles could do nothing with Steven Wright (8-4) in the first six innings. He gave up two runs in pitching a complete game against them on May 30.
Adam Jones hit a two-run home run in the seventh, his 12th of the season, and his seventh in his last 13 games.
Wright allowed six hits, struck out four, walked and hit two batters.
After going hitless in three at-bats in his first start against Wright, Mark Trumbo was 2-for-4.
“It’s difficult. It’s more approach than technique, I guess. And there’s some luck involved, too. Some of those pitches are moving quite a bit, so you just hope to get one that maybe doesn’t move quite as much and catches more plate,” Trumbo said.
The Orioles had multiple baserunners in the third and sixth, but the knuckleballer kept getting out of jams.
“With this lineup, it’s just a matter of time. I felt like once we got Wright out of the game. If we don’t have to face a knuckleballer, I think we got a pretty good shot. Obviously, he’s pitching really well, but I think if I pitch to my abilities, I think we maybe have a chance to win that game,” Gausman said. “
Mookie Betts robbed Manny Machado of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch to start the eighth, and after Wright walked Chris Davis, Junichi Tazawa relieved him.
Showalter mentioned several fine defensive plays.
“They’re a really good ballclub. It’s not surprising when they do stuff like that. It’s going to be a battle all the way. We need do our best to kind of hang with them,” Trumbo said.
Matt Wieters’ two-out double scored Davis, and it was 6-3. Wieters scored on Jonathan Schoop’s single, and it was 6-4.
Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 15th save.
Gausman yielded to Odrisamer Despaigne, who was recalled from Norfolk on Tuesday when Vance Worley went on the disabled list.
Despaigne was 1-6 with a 3.59 ERA in 12 games in Norfolk. He allowed no runs in 2 2/3 innings.
The Orioles and Red Sox are tied for first place with 37-27 records. It’s the latest in the season these teams have been tied for first.
In the first game of the series, Chris Tillman allowed one run in seven innings. Gausman failed to follow that up.
“Especially with after the way Tillman pitched last night, I was really excited. Wanted to be the stopper again today. Didn’t do it. In a game where, against a team that’s really good, and obviously a series that means a lot right now. I wanted to come out and kind of hit the ground running and pitch well and I just didn’t do that,” Gausman said.
NOTES: J.J. Hardy played seven innings for Bowie, and went 1-for-3 in his second rehab game. Showalter said that he would talk with Hardy after he played again on Thursday and make a decision on Friday about Hardy’s return from the disabled list.
“It's all going to be up to him. He'll make the call. It won't be anything before Friday. He'll have to wake up and make the call,” Showalter said.
-Davis’ sixth inning single snapped an 0-for-25 streak against Boston.
-Tyler Wilson (2-5, 4.73) faces Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1, 6.06) on Thursday night.