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It's Just as Well This Wasn't on TV: Orioles Score Ten Straight, Stun Red Sox

May 27

Before we get started, here are some notes on Trevor Story’s hot streak. He has driven in 21 men in the last week, which is more than any other player in Boston in any seven-game stretch since the live-ball era began and RBIs became a stat (1920). It’s also the most by anybody in seven years, according to MLB.com. Story has driven in 32 this month, seventh-most in history. If he drives in ten more runs he will break the record for most RBIs in May, currently held by Red Sox legend Ted Williams at 41. Whitlock pitches for the Red Sox against Braddish as they return home for a series against the Orioles that will take us through Memorial Day. This first game is shown exclusively on Apple TV+. With a runner at first and one out, Devers hits a routine single that the outfielders botch in true Baltimore fashion, kicking the ball into center and allowing Hernández to score all the way from first and make it 1-0 Sox while Devers moves up to second on the error. Then Martinez is hit to put two on before Bogaerts buries the Orioles early with a three-run homer to the Monster to make it 4-0. It’s his fifth of the year. The Red Sox load the bases with two out in the bottom of the second, and Verdugo hits a ground-rule double to center to make it 6-0 as two more men come in. The Orioles finally strike back in the top of the fourth. With a runner at first and one out, Santander homers to right to break the shutout and make it 6-2. It’s his eighth of the year. After a leadoff double by Devers in the bottom of the inning, Martinez doubles to left-center to bring him home and make it 7-2. Cordero leads off the bottom of the fifth with a double off the Monster. Two pitches later, Vázquez singles to right to score him and make it 8-2. The rout is on!

In the top of the seventh, though, Baltimore puts runners at first and second with only one out, setting up Mateo’s drive into the Monster to cut the deficit in half at 8-5. It’s his third of the year. Baltimore puts the leadoff man in the eighth, setting the stage for Hays’ long ball off a billboard on the Monster to make this a close one at 8-7. Two innings ago, this was a blowout. With a runner at second and two out later in the inning, a throwing error by Devers that would have gotten the Sox out of the inning allows Rougned Odor to come home and do the unthinkable: tie the game at 8-8. Urias moves to second. The Orioles put runners at the corners with nobody out for Santander, who gives his team its first lead tonight with a single to right that is just beyond Jackie Bradley’s reach. Mullins scores as Boston’s collapse is complete and the Orioles take a 9-8 lead. With the bases loaded and one out, a passed ball makes it 10-8, and then Mountcastle’s sac fly makes it 11-8. Another single makes it 12-8, and that is the final.