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Boston0 0 4 0 5 1 0 4 0 14171
Baltimore0 0 0 1 0 3 3 0 2 9103
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  W: N. Pivetta (2-0)   L: J. López (0-2)
10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE11:05 AM CT, April 11, 2021
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 8,171

Red Sox seek three-game sweep of Orioles in Baltimore

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Red Sox were swept by the Orioles at home in the first series of the year and have now lost four straight to the O's by multiple runs for the first time since 2004. The last time the Red Sox lost at least five straight to the Orioles by two or more runs was in 1983 (five).
  2. Boston bounced back with a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay, scoring 26 runs after scoring a total of five runs in the series with Baltimore. The Sox racked up 15 extra-base hits against the Rays including three home runs after they had just five XBH against the Red Sox (one HR).
  3. The Orioles avoided a sweep against the Yankees on Wednesday with a 4-3 win in 11 innings. Baltimore went just 1-for-12 (.083) with runners in scoring position against the Yankees after hitting .325 (13-for-40) in such situations against the Red Sox.
  4. J.D. Martinez leads all of MLB with eight extra-base hits so far this season and ranks third in RBI with 11. He is the first Red Sox player with 11+ RBI through six team games since Faye Throneberry (12) and Sammy White (11) both did so in 1955.
  5. Cedric Mullins leads the Orioles with 12 hits, twice as many as any other Oriole and tied for second most in MLB behind Yermin Mercedes (13). He has just one RBI with his 12 hits, becoming the first O's/Browns player with 12+ hits and one or zero RBI through six games of a season since Sammy West in 1933.
  6. Eduardo Rodriguez is expected to make his first start since September 29, 2019, also against Baltimore, after missing the 2020 season due to a COVID-related heart ailment. Since the start of 2018, Rodriguez is 6-0 in nine games (seven starts) versus the Orioles with a 1.63 ERA.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/8/2021 thru 4/11/2021
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Boston Red Sox will attempt to win their sixth consecutive game Sunday when they face the host Baltimore Orioles.

When the Red Sox were swept at home to open the season by this same Baltimore squad, there was plenty of gloom and doom.

The fact that Boston had not started a season by going 0-3 at Fenway Park since 1948 did not help things.

"We're off to a rough start," manager Alex Cora said.

Well, things have brightened in Boston.

On Saturday night, the Red Sox beat the Orioles 6-4 in 10 innings for their fifth consecutive win. Boston has not lost since being swept by the Orioles.

Sunday, the Red Sox can return the favor as they go for the three-game sweep against the Orioles. Baltimore has lost four of five since that 3-0 start at Fenway.

The Orioles will have righty Jorge Lopez (0-1, 7.71) on the mound.

Lopez, who lost to the Yankees last week in his initial start of the season, is trying to end a personal three-game losing streak which dates back to his final two starts of 2020.

In his first start of 2021, Lopez gave up four runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Lopez started last season with Kansas City and appeared in nine games (six starts) with the O's, going 2-2 with a 6.34 ERA.

He has pitched against the Red Sox only twice, both coming in relief. He has been charged with seven earned runs in six innings against Boston.

Righty Nick Pivetta (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will counter for Boston after a successful first outing against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pivetta went five innings in Boston's 11-2 win last Monday, giving up two hits and striking out four.

He is now 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA in three starts as a member of the Red Sox. Boston acquired him in a deal with Philadelphia last season.

Beating the Rays was big for Pivetta and the Red Sox as they were coming off the sweep.

"It was nice to get out there," Pivetta said. "It was really exciting, I had a lot of fun, and this gets the monkey off our backs a little bit. We can all just kind of roll forward from here."

Before Saturday's game, the Orioles made a roster move as they activated outfielder DJ Stewart from the 10-day IL as he had been out since March 5 with a left hamstring strain.

He went 1-for-3 with a walk in his debut as he batted fifth in the lineup.

Pat Valaika was optioned to the alternate training site to create roster space.

"I have had hamstring problems before in the minor leagues, and this one felt worse than those had been," Stewart said Saturday. "It definitely took longer than I expected it to, but I thought it would be longer than a week or two. I'm just happy it's behind me and I am healthy now."

The Red Sox will be without J.D. Martinez after he was placed on the COVID-19 IL on Saturday. Martinez is hitting .433 (13-for-30) with seven doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs.

The Red Sox replaced Martinez on the 26-man roster with infielder Michael Chavis, who was called up from the alternate training site at Triple-A Worcester.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 11, 2021

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