Red Sox

Red Sox

BALTIMORE -- In the first two games of their series here, the outcome wasn't decided until the final Oriole hitter of the night. On Sunday, there was no such late-inning drama.

Starter Wade Miley was shelled for seven runs before he could get the second out of the third inning and the Baltimore Orioles romped from there, pasting the Red Sox 18-7 and leaving them with a 2-4 record on their six-game road trip.

The start marked the second time in four starts this month that Miley (8.62) couldn't get out of the third inning and placed a big burden on the team's already over-worked bullpen.

The Red Sox rotation has a cumulative ERA of 5.75 and are avergaing just a tick over five innings per outing. Only four times in 19 games has a Red Sox starter gone past the sixth inning.

Five different relievers had to pick up the slack Sunday, and all but the last of them -- Edward Mujica -- were charged with at least a run. The Orioles scored runs in six of the first seven innings.

As if the shellacking the pitching staff absorbed wasn't bad enough, the Red Sox offense was non-existent until the seventh inning against Baltimore starter Bud Norris who lugged a 17.42 ERA into the game.

With the game long-ago decided, the Sox snapped the O's shutout bid when Pablo Sandoval cranked his first Red Sox homer, a three-run belt to right. That chased Norris and Hanley Ramirez followed by swatting the first pitch from former Red Sox farmhand Jason Garcia into the bullpens in left-center.

 

Ramirez later got Garcia for another three-run shot in the ninth. Those were merely garbage-time runs for the Sox, who still trailed by eight after their brief power burst, and the Orioles responded by scoring three of their own in the bottom of the inning.