Closing Time: Red Sox get shut out by Bud Norris, Orioles
|06.09.14 at 9:30 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — You can’t win if you don’t score. The Red Sox received an unwanted reminder of that notion on Monday night in Baltimore, where they fell, 4-0, to the Orioles.
The Red Sox suffered their fifth shutout loss of the season, and now are averaging 4.0 runs (253/63) per game on the season, a mark that ranks 12th in the American League, ahead of only the Astros, Royals and Rays. They have been limited to one run or less in 11 games this year, and two or less in 18 games — a circumstance in which the Sox are now 0-18.
Orioles starter Bud Norris cruised through eight innings of shutout work, permitting just three hits, before giving way to closer Tommy Hunter for the ninth. The Sox were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Instead of building upon their late-innings victory on Sunday night, the Red Sox once again find themselves seven games below .500 at 28-35.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX
– Though he had seven strikeouts — his most in a start since April — Jake Peavy continued his season-long vulnerability to the longball, permitting three (two solo homers and a two-run blast) to account for all of the Orioles scoring. It marked the 11th time in his career and first with the Red Sox that the right-hander has allowed three or more homers in a game. Peavy has yielded 13 homers so far this year, tied for the most in the American League. He’s winless in his last eight starts.
– Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4 for the second straight game, marking the first time since he went three straight games without a hit from May 6-10 that he’d gone hitless in back-to-back contests.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX
– Holt continued to offer the Red Sox the leadoff presence they’ve been searching for over most of the year. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, extending his hitting streak to nine games during which he’s hitting .415 with a .442 OBP and .634 slugging mark.
– Daniel Nava offered more glimpses of renewed productivity, going 1-for-2 with a double and walk.
– Right-hander Burke Badenhop came on to sail through a scoreless eighth. He now has 22 straight appearances without permitting an earned run, a stretch spanning 26 1/3 innings.
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