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Gausman sharp in Orioles' 7-0 win over Red Sox

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Gausman sharp in Orioles' 7-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON -- The way things started out, Kevin Gausman didn't feel comfortable that he'd have a long outing.

With some advice from catcher Caleb Joseph, he found his groove.

Gausman allowed four singles over 7 2/3 innings, Tim Beckham hit a three-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox easily for the second straight day, 7-0 on Saturday.

"Early on I was kind of all over the place. Every fastball I threw was kind of riding up and in on a righty," Gausman said. "Caleb had to tell me after the second inning: `We have to start hitting our spots. We've gotten through two innings, but to be able to go deep into the game against these guys, that's what you have to be able to do.'"

It was the third straight win for the Orioles, who pounded Boston 16-3 a night earlier. Jonathan Schoop added a solo homer and posted his 95th RBI, a club record for second basemen, surpassing Roberto Alomar's 94 in 1996.

The AL East-leading Red Sox dropped their third straight and saw their lead sliced to 3 1/2 games over the second-place New York Yankees, who beat Seattle on Saturday.

Gausman (10-9) struck out five and walked three. Richard Bleier got one out and Darren O'Day retired the final three.

Wearing "Gausy" on his jersey for Players Weekend, Gausman was nasty, mixing a low-to-mid-90s fastball with breaking stuff to limit solid contact.

Eduardo Rodriguez (4-4) gave up five runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one.

It was Boston's third straight lopsided loss.

"These last couple games have been rough, but we've come back from a lot of games," Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts said.

The Orioles took control in the second. Mark Trumbo put Baltimore ahead with a single through the shortstop hole. Craig Gentry followed with a bloop RBI single to center before Beckham hit a 93 mph fastball off a billboard above the Green Monster seats after fouling off a few pitches.

"I didn't want him to get me looking on a fastball again," Beckham said. "He got me in my first at-bat."

In his previous start at Fenway Park, Gausman was tossed in the second inning for hitting Xander Bogaerts in the back with a pitch during a testy stretch between the clubs in May.

"The big inning, on a day when Gausman had his good stuff going, that hole was too big to dig out of," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

The only thing that seemed to go wrong for the Orioles was when first baseman Davis stepped on shortstop Beckham's left foot when the infielders converged for Hanley Ramirez's popup. Beckham hobbled to the dugout after the inning-ending play and stayed in the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: J.J. Hardy was scheduled to play another rehab game Saturday night for Triple-A Norfolk as he continues to work back from a broken right wrist. Manager Buck Showalter said Hardy's return was "hopefully not too far away."

Red Sox: 2B Eduardo Nunez was in the lineup after leaving Friday with a sprained left wrist and thumb. ... 2B Dustin Pedroia, on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation, took grounders and hit during batting practice. Farrell said there won't be a return date "until he starts to fully run the bases and full functional work." ... Farrell also said that CF Jackie Bradley Jr. has a smaller splint for his sprained left thumb that landed him on the DL Wednesday.

NICE TOUCH

SS Bogaerts, C Christian Vazquez and LF Chris Young each wore a T-shirt with the picture of Ari Schultz on the front during BP. He was a 5-year-old heart transplant patient who died last month.

On the back were the words: "Ari we miss you."

Vazquez and Bogaerts visited Ari at his home about a week before he died and asked him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, which was scheduled for Sunday.

SOLID OFFENSE

The Orioles entered the day seventh in the majors in total runs, but had allowed 31 more.

"Scoring runs hasn't been our problem," Showalter said. "It's keeping the other teams from scoring, especially from the starting standpoint."

UP NEXT

Orioles: LHP Wade Miley (7-10, 5.11 ERA) is slated to start the series finale Sunday.

Red Sox: RHP Doug Fister (3-6, 4.78) is coming off a complete-game one-hitter when he allowed a homer to Cleveland's first batter on Tuesday.

Red Sox bats go silent in 5-0 loss to Tigers

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Red Sox bats go silent in 5-0 loss to Tigers

DETROIT -- Mike Fiers might be pitching his way into a pennant chase.

The Detroit right-hander worked impressively into the seventh inning Saturday night, and Jose Iglesias homered and drove in four runs to lift the Tigers to a 5-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Fiers has been sharp lately, and after lowering his ERA to 3.49, he's looking more and more like someone the rebuilding Tigers might trade to a contender.

"You see it. You see your name pop up here and there," Fiers said. "I've just got to keep my mind focused on baseball and pitching and just go out there every fifth day."

The major league-leading Red Sox lost for just the second time in 15 games, and their AL East edge over the New York Yankees slipped to 4 1/2 games.

Fiers (7-6) had his first scoreless outing since his Tigers debut April 8, when he beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0 in Detroit's only other shutout this season. This time, he allowed seven hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six.

Brian Johnson (1-3) gave up two unearned runs and five hits in five innings for Boston. He struck out five.

Detroit took the lead in the second after Victor Martinez reached on an error by third baseman Rafael Devers, playing his first game since being reinstated from the disabled list. Devers fielded Martinez's grounder well behind third and his throw went past first, enabling Martinez to arrive safely.

That miscue proved costly when Iglesias came up with two outs and hit a two-run double, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Fiers was with the World Series champion Astros last year, but did not pitch in the postseason. He made one appearance in the playoffs for Houston in 2015.

He's making a nice case for another chance this season. Fiers threw only two balls through the first two innings Saturday, and he allowed three runs or fewer for the ninth time in his last 10 starts. He struck out Xander Bogaerts for the third out of the fifth with runners on first and third.

Boston threatened again in the sixth, but with two on JaCoby Jones was able to run down Jackie Bradley Jr.'s drive at the warning track in left field. In the bottom of the inning, Jeimer Candelario hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0, and Iglesias added a two-run homer .

Fiers exited with runners at the corners in the seventh. Alex Wilson got Bogaerts to ground into a double play, ending the inning.

Boston star Mookie Betts had two hits, raising his big league-leading average to .355. He also made a superb catch in right field in the third, reaching above the wall to catch Leonys Martin's drive.

"I really needed that," Johnson said. "We're so lucky to have this outfield. It is almost scary how many times they make plays like that. They almost seem routine, but they really aren't."

The Red Sox have been held to one run so far in this series by Detroit, although they did win the opener 1-0 on Friday night.

"Boston's scored one run in two games, and that's hard to do," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That says a lot about our pitching staff."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Devers (left shoulder inflammation) went 1 for 4. ... 2B Brock Holt, who left Friday's game with a bruised knee, was out of the lineup. Manager Alex Cora said he'd like to give Holt the weekend off. ... DH-OF J.D. Martinez had the day off after running into the wall while making a catch Friday. "These guys that make the All-Star Game, they really don't have an All-Star break," Cora said. "He's getting the day off because he ran into the wall, but I think it's a good day off for him anyway."

DENIED

Fiers wanted a chance to face Martinez, his college teammate from Nova Southeastern in Florida. It didn't happen.

"I've already texted him," Fiers said. "All my friends have texted him, too. They're not going to let him off easy."

UP NEXT

Boston ace Chris Sale (10-4) starts the series finale Sunday against Blaine Hardy (3-2). Sale is 5-1 with a 0.94 ERA in his last seven starts.

J.D. Martinez out of lineup, sore after crashing into wall

J.D. Martinez out of lineup, sore after crashing into wall

A night after crashing into the right-field wall making a catch in the third inning of their 1-0 victory in Detroit, J.D. Martinez is out of the Red Sox lineup.

Here's a look at the catch: 

The news of Martinez getting the night off prompted this exchange with reporters, via The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said the "general soreness" won't make him reluctant from using Martinez, second in the majors in homers with 29 and tops in RBI with 80, in the outfield, where he's played 39 games in his first season in Boston, compared to 54 at DH.

Mookie Betts is back in right Saturday, with Jackie Bradley Jr. in center and Andrew Benintendi in right.

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