The Orioles walloped the Red Sox by a score of 18-7 on Sunday afternoon, setting a new club record. The previous record was 17 runs, set on September 27, 1960 in Boston against the Red Sox, per the Orioles on Twitter.
Surprisingly, the Orioles hit just one home run in the contest — a solo shot from Chris Davis in the sixth inning. They racked up 20 hits in total, five of which were doubles and one was a triple. Seven Oriole batters had multiple hits and four had three hits. Delmon Young drove in five runs and three others drove in three runs each.
The O’s scored in six of eight frames, including two six-run innings in the third and seventh. The Red Sox used six pitchers and the only one to hold the Orioles scoreless was Edward Mujica in the eighth. Starter Wade Miley allowed seven runs (six earned) in 2 1/3 innings. That bumps their collective starting rotation ERA up to 5.75. I hear that Cole Hamels guy is pretty good.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.