Orioles come back strong, erase a pair of 6-point deficits to beat Red Sox, 12-8 – Boston Herald

For all the platitudes the Orioles give about their mentality — how they never give up — Friday night at Fenway Park was real, tangible evidence to back up those claims.

The Orioles trailed 6-0 after the second inning and 8-2 after the sixth inning. The Red Sox had jumped all over right-hander Kyle Bradish, scoring four runs before recording one out. But as the night dragged on and Baltimore continued to hang out, just hanging out turned into so much more.

There was the explosion of Anthony Santander in right field, the first breakthrough. Then came the three-point shot from Jorge Mateo, and the two-point explosion from Austin Hays, and a throwing error from Rafael Devers that scored Rougned Odor. In those fits and bursts, the Orioles turned a potential blowout into a barn burner, with the go-ahead — and then some — going through the ninth.

It seemed so unlikely earlier. But if there’s one thing the Orioles (19-27) have become used to, it’s this: Every game is an adventure, good or bad, and Friday it took the form of the first. The 12-8 win was largely down to the bullpen’s ability to cover Bradish, allowing just two runs after he left.

But he also featured the steady rise of a deficit-reducing offense before blasting the gates in ninth with four runs. The first four batters reached safely, and Santander’s single to the right scored the first of those runs.

A wild pitch, a sacrificial fly and Odor’s RBI single — part of a career-high 11-game hitting streak — did the rest of the damage.

It was a case study in what the Orioles so often said at the start of the 2022 season. The win-loss record shows a losing ball club. Sometimes the play reinforces that. But at other turns, there’s a hint of something else — an aversion to quitting that came out strong at Fenway Park.

An early release

Bradish was one out of righting the ship, escaping round two without further damage. But then came a single, a walk and a slap shot, and it all happened in the blink of an eye.

Alex Verdugo tackled two of those runners with a ground-rule double, and Bradish made the slow march to the visitors’ dugout with his head down and his ERA high. There have been speed bumps along the way so far — that’s the reality for a starting pitcher in his first season in the majors — but none have been more shocking than that.

The right-hander ended up conceding more runs than he managed, with Boston scoring six in 1 2/3 innings, taxing a bullpen at the start of a five-game four-day series.

The need for six relievers to cover the 6 1/3 finals could have repercussions later in the weekend, especially when a bullpen game could be in order on Saturday during a doubleheader. In the short term, however, it served as a reminder that the process of adapting top prospects to the major leagues isn’t always smooth.

Bradish has impressed widely over six starts. He went six innings in his debut, allowing three runs. He struck out 11 batters earlier this month against St. Louis. But in Bradish’s last three outings, the results have been tougher, with a total of 15 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings.

A well deserved shot

In games since Mateo took a hit from Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson and left the game early on May 15, the shortstop hasn’t looked like himself.

After recovering from the shoulder and chest contusion he suffered in the collision with a linebacker-sized baseball player, he embarked on a streak that featured two hits. in 30 at bats, including his first two attempts on Friday. Hyde said there were no lingering side effects from this shot. Instead, he could have insisted.

“I just see him trying a little too hard at home plate,” Hyde said before the game. “He came in big spots and wants to get out of it so badly. The work has been great, its preparation is excellent, the process is good. He’s just trying a little too hard in the game right now.

So Mateo advanced with two runners in the seventh inning, another big spot as the Orioles looked to move up the game. And on a slider left-hander Jake Diekman left on the outside third of the plate, Mateo smashed a three-run homer on the green monster.

It’s just a hit, which brings him to a 3-for-35 overall mark since May 13. But maybe seeing one of these drummers in a big moment go his way can turn the tide.

around the horn

>> Hyde said right-hander Jordan Lyles will start one of two games on Saturday — likely the first — and a starter will appear for the other game. That this starter came from the taxi team is possible, Hyde said.

>> The Orioles have added right-handers Denyi Reyes and Cody Sedlock and wide receiver Cody Roberts to the cab team in Boston. Reyes or Sedlock could feature on Saturday, giving some length to what will likely be a bullpen game.

>> Norfolk Triple-A infielder Jahmai Jones underwent successful elbow reconstruction surgery from Tommy John on Monday in Cincinnati. Hyde ruled out Jones for the remainder of the 2022 season and presumed the prospect could miss part of 2023 as well, although the recovery process for a positional player versus a pitcher is less rigorous.

>> Former Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday and introduced to the crowd on Friday, commemorating Duquette’s eight years as Boston general manager. He reunited much of the team that won the 2004 World Series after he left.

This article will be updated.

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ORIOLES @ RED ​​SOX

Saturday

Game 1: 12:10 p.m.

Game 2: About. 6:10 p.m.

TV: MASN

Radio: 97.9FM, 101.5FM, 1090AM

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