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Recap: Orioles struggle against Porcello, drop series opener to Red Sox, 5-2

Recap: Orioles struggle against Porcello, drop series opener to Red Sox, 5-2

Last week, Red Sox starter Rick Porcello allowed a run against the Orioles at Fenway Park and left a loser. Monday at Camden Yards, boasting the same arsenal that has made him a leading contender for the American League Cy Young, Porcello never even flirted with another loss.

Home runs by right fielder Mookie Betts and designated hitter David Ortiz — both longtime Orioles scourges in Boston's lineup — plus Porcello's mastery helped the Red Sox to a 5-2 win that dropped the Orioles four games behind the division leaders with 12 games to play.

“He threw the ball well,” third baseman Manny Machado said. “He found the strike zone, got us out, made the...

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