J.D. Martinez

In season full of losses, Orioles suffer their worst, 19-3, to Red Sox to open doubleheader

In season full of losses, Orioles suffer their worst, 19-3, to Red Sox to open doubleheader

Pressed into service as an emergency starter for an Orioles team experiencing an unprecedented September pitching shortage in the final week of the season, rookie Ryan Meisinger erased leadoff man Mookie Betts’ single on a fielder’s choice. Then he watched the next five batters reach base and score as Boston piled it on in a 19-3 win Wednesday afternoon to open a doubleheader at Fenway Park.

The 16-run margin is the Orioles’ most lopsided defeat of a club-worst season, topping a 14-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 7. The 112th loss also set a franchise record. The 1939 St. Louis Browns went 43-111.

“It didn’t go how I wanted it to, but you can’t use that as an excuse,”...

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