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Orioles battered by Boston, 13-2, on Opening Day

Orioles baseball is back, and at least on Opening Day, it looked pretty familiar.

Manager Brandon Hyde’s Orioles, who waited 300 days to play another meaningful baseball game thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, began this shortened season with a 13-2 pounding at the hands of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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In the process, they ran into all kinds of problems that the Orioles would have hoped to leave behind.

“I’d like to flush this one,” Hyde said.

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Tommy Milone, who was deputized as the Orioles’ Opening Day starter when All-Star John Means came up with a tired arm, worked around walks in the first two innings to keep the game tied in the first two innings. But he allowed four doubles — all down the left-field line — in a four-run third inning that ended his day.

“In that third inning, he was one or two pitches away from really limiting the damage and it just didn’t happen,” Hyde said.

Cody Carroll, a reliever who missed all of 2019 with a back injury for the Orioles, walked three and allowed a single without recording an out in the fourth inning. All four of those runs scored, as did two more on the account of Travis Lakins Sr. in that six-run inning.

Lakins had a scoreless fifth inning before David Hess allowed three runs in the sixth inning. Hess settled in for a 1-2-3 seventh — the first such inning of the Orioles’ day — and finished for the Orioles with a scoreless eighth inning.

Feel the flow

Hirsute Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz, who ended 2019 swinging one of the team’s best bats, started 2020 with its first home run.

Trailing 13-1 in the seventh inning, Ruiz homered into the Red Sox bullpen off reliever Austin Brice.

Short day for Santander

Outfielder Anthony Santander, who had an accelerated run-up to the season because of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis that kept him away from the team, scored the Orioles’ first run after doubling and scoring on a double by Renato Núñez in the fifth inning.

He appeared to stumble while rounding first, though, and didn’t return to right field for the sixth inning.

The team didn’t announce an injury, but Hyde did substitute liberally around the diamond as the game went on.

“He’s fine. I got him out of the game,” Hyde said. “It was pretty much out of hand at that point. He hasn’t even played nine innings yet, so it was a good opportunity to get Smith some game action.”

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