Hammel came into Saturday's game with a 0-2 career record with a 6.14 ERA against the Red Sox, but he managed to shut Boston down, rebounding from a 26-pitch first inning to open the game with six shutout innings, allowing just two hits . The Red Sox scored two off Hammel in the second.
The outing followed one in which he allowed just five hits and two runs over six innings in a hard-luck loss to the Yankees on Monday. He has eight strikeouts — including a second inning in which he struck out the side.
"[My] two-seamer was running a lot [Saturday], but I still had a pretty good feel for it," Hammel said. "I just focused on being down in the zone. They're a pretty patient ballclub and they have a tight zone. I threw too many pitches early again, and I really wanted to get through the seventh. Obviously, the run support's nice and I really wanted to give the bullpen a night off after [the 13-inning game] [Friday night] ."
Hammel has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his six starts this year, the longest streak by an Orioles starter to open the season since Jay Tibbs (May 24-June 21, 1989).
But Hammel's string of starts allowing two-or-fewer runs dates back eight starts counting he final month of last season with Colorado.
Britton throws BP session
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton threw 47 pitches in a batting practice session at the Orioles' spring training facility in Florida.
"He felt good physically," Showalter said.
The 24-year-old, who has spent the entire season rehabbing his left shoulder in Sarasota, is slated to start in extended spring training games on May 15 and 21 and he could see a minor-league rehab start as soon as May 26.
Around the horn
Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones, who hit a two-run homer in the third, has reached safely in 13 straight games and is hitting .300 (15-for-50) with four walks in that span. Jones also has a hit in 23 of 27 games this season. … Reliever Darren O'Day extended his scoreless-inning streak to 12 innings with 2/3 innings Saturday . … After a scoreless, 1/3 inning in relief, right-hander Matt Lindstrom has not allowed an earned run in 11 relief innings this season.