FORT MYERS, Fla. – Most people dread Mondays. The Orioles are looking forward to it. To maximize home games late in spring training, the Orioles agreed to play five of their first seven in March away from Sarasota.
They didn’t win any of them.
The Orioles lost their sixth straight 8-7 to the Boston Red Sox before 9,808 at JetBlue Park on Sunday. They’re now 0-6-1.
Unlike four of the losses, the Orioles didn’t allow 10 or more runs, and their lineup which included few big names, managed to produce seven runs, including two in the ninth.
Mike Wright allowed two runs on four hits in two innings. Wright, who allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings in his first start, wasn’t as sharp this time.
Xander Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo each doubled off Wright.
“Those balls were blasted,” Wright said.
Despite that, Wright didn’t feel he threw poorly.
“I definitely located better this week than last week. The three doubles they hit, I thought they were pretty good pitches,” Wright said.
There were two notable injuries. T.J. McFarland was removed from the game with a tender left elbow in the fifth inning.
“I took him out a little early of his pitch count. We’ve got to check into that and see what’s going on there,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“I was watching him between innings. I always kind of look at the pitcher and he seemed uncomfortable. You get to know a guy and when he came it, I told [pitching coach Dave Wallace] and the trainer to ask him if he was OK and he said he was a little tender in the elbow. So we’ll check on that and see what happens.”
McFarland, who’s competing for the final spot in the bullpen, has allowed three runs on eight hits on 2 1/3 innings.
The scariest moment came in the sixth inning when minor league infielders Garabez Rosa and Ozzie Martinez collided. Martinez fell and had to be helped off the field.
He’ll be evaluated for concussion symptoms, Showalter said.
“He took a pretty good lick there,” Showalter said. “He got hit on the side of the head. We’ll get it updated up there. They’re not calling it anything right now.”
The Orioles best pitching performance came from Dylan Bundy, who threw a perfect seventh inning, striking out two.
“You can see it. Dylan’s had two or three outings now where he feels as good if not better the next time out, so that’s real encouraging for him and for us. I’m happy for Dylan. It’s good to see. Another step,” Showalter said.
“See how he feels tomorrow. He’s taken some real positive strides. He’s getting close to that point where it’s not about, ‘OK, how do I feel?’ He feels good every time out now, so knock on wood, that’s good.”
Hyun Soo Kim was again hitless. He’s 0-for-16 and struck out twice.
The only Orioles with multiple hits were Rosa and non-roster outfielder Alfredo Marte, who was 2-for-2. Rosa’s ninth inning single scored two runs.
Christian Walker drove in two runs. He leads the team with six RBIs.
-For the first time this spring, the Orioles will play two straight games at home. In the first of them on Monday, Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed six runs while retiring just one batter in his initial start, pitches against Minnesota’s Phil Hughes.
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