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Orioles-Red Sox series opener goes to rain delay seven pitches into first inning

Orioles-Red Sox series opener goes to rain delay seven pitches into first inning
Monday's Orioles-Red Sox game went to a rain delay seven pitches and two minutes after first pitch. (Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun)

The Orioles and Boston Red Sox kicked off what is expected to be a soggy three-game series with a rain delay just seven pitches and two minutes into Monday’s game at Camden Yards.

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman retired Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi quickly and was ahead 0-2 on slugger J.D. Martinez when the downpour began and the grounds crew called for the tarp.

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Red Sox starter Rick Porcello had warmed up and was ready for the first inning as well.

Play resumed after a 41-minute delay at 7:51, and Gausman got Martinez to ground out to end the inning.

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