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Orioles allow 13 straight runs in 13-7 loss to Red Sox, completing winless road trip; Chance Sisco injured

For a second time in a sixth inning with a seemingly unavoidable end, Orioles catcher Chance Sisco knelt in the dirt in obvious pain. Whatever ill feelings he felt after taking a foul ball in the groin were the physical manifestation of what the past two weeks have been for his team.

In what devolved into a 13-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park, Sisco exited during a sixth inning in which the Orioles fully lost what was once a 6-0 lead. The defeat left the Orioles winless on their seven-game road trip and was their 12th in 13 games, all coming against teams with playoff aspirations in the Red Sox, New York Yankees and Houston Astros.

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“I actually like playing these teams because they make you play your best baseball," first baseman Chris Davis said. “If you have a weakness, they expose it, and you find out what kind of team you are when you play the best teams.”

The sixth inning was an unwanted lesson, then. Left-hander Ty Blach, making his second start for the Orioles (39-85), took the mound with a 6-3 lead, having pitched more than four innings in a major league game for the first time since June 2018. He allowed a double to J.D. Martinez and, after a flyout, walked Sam Travis, prompting manager Brandon Hyde to bring in Gabriel Ynoa.

Ynoa faced one batter, Christian Vázquez, and gave up an RBI double. Batting against left-hander Paul Fry, pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland blooped a single into shallow left, a ball Hyde said should’ve been caught.

“That’s a play that needs to be made,” he said. "Should have been out of there with a two-run lead, and unfortunately, it steamrolled on us.”

Shortstop Jonathan Villar picked up the ball and flung it home with Travis already approaching the plate, where he appeared to make contact with Sisco and send him to the ground in pain in what Hyde said was his neck and left shoulder area. Sisco remained in the game after an evaluation.

Meanwhile, Davis jumped to cut off Villar’s throw but the ball deflected off his glove and into foul territory, allowing Vázquez to score the tying run.

“Just making the mistakes that we made today, we can’t afford to do that, and we’ve got to start pulling for one another,” Davis said. "We’ve got to stay in it together, and we’ve got to keep going.”

After a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Fry walked Mookie Betts on four pitches to face the left-handed hitting Rafael Devers, who doubled off the Green Monster to give Boston its first lead. The next batter, Xander Bogaerts, fouled a full-count pitch back into Sisco, who needed to come out of the game and was medically evaluated afterward. Bogaerts then reached on an infield single up the middle to score another run and end Fry’s outing.

Shawn Armstrong entered and induced a ground ball from Martinez to the right side to Davis, who looked to second to try to get Bogaerts out there. But with no teammate to be found at second base, he turned back toward first and got the ball to Armstrong too late, bringing in the sixth Red Sox (67-59) run of the frame. The 12-batter inning finally ended with a strikeout of Travis.

“We just made too many careless mistakes today,” Davis said. "We can’t leave bases uncovered. We can’t be overthrowing the cutoff guys. We’ve just got to do little things right.”

In the 124 sixth innings the Orioles have played in 2019, they have allowed 122 runs and been outscored by 73 runs.

First or famine

Alternatively, the Orioles’ most productive inning has been the first, in which they’ve scored 75 runs. Three came Sunday.

After Villar led off with a double against Nathan Eovaldi, Trey Mancini, serving as the designated hitter after fouling a ball off his left calf Saturday, followed with a walk. Renato Núñez twice thought he was going to do the same, taking steps toward first on consecutive three-ball pitches, but home plate umpire Jansen Visconti called both strikes. Instead, Núñez settled for a three-run home run on the full-count pitch.

The Orioles added two runs in the second on a single by Mancini. Hanser Alberto continued his success against left-handed pitchers with an RBI double off Darwinzon Hernandez in the third.

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Boston then scored 13 straight runs before Núñez’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Record approaching

The Red Sox scored twice off Blach before Travis hit a solo shot off him in the fourth inning.

With Devers adding a two-run home run in the seventh off Armstrong, the Orioles are three away from matching the 2016 Cincinnati Reds for the most home runs allowed in major league history (258).

“Ty threw the ball outstanding today and really deserved the win, but we made too many mistakes,” Davis said. "When you make mistakes like that against a team like this, they’re gonna make it hurt.”

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