Another strong outing from right-hander Dylan Bundy wasn’t enough to keep the Boston Red Sox from handing the Orioles a 8-1 loss Tuesday at Fenway Park, thanks to a set of quiet bats and one of the more bizarre defensive innings this team will play all season.
Bundy, the team’s former top prospect who is in his first full season in the rotation, threw a career-high 106 pitches and was charged with three runs (two earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.
“It always gets kind of magnified when there’s not much margin for error,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We had some run-scoring opportunities and didn’t push anything across against a good club like Boston that you need to do. Dylan presented himself well. He had an extra days’ rest. Don’t think he was quite as crisp with his command as far as some counts, but he gave us a great chance to win a game tonight.”
Bundy wasn’t as dominant as he was April 5 against the Blue Jays, but his two outings are the only two quality starts the Orioles have this year.
Tuesday’s loss wasn’t on Bundy. The Orioles’ position players couldn’t muster much on offense and collectively bungled the seventh inning with a pair of errors and two hits off their gloves.
“Dylan kept us close, right in the game,” shortstop J.J. Hardy said. “Darren [O’Day] came in and did what he was supposed to do and I just missed a routine double-play ball. They go ahead and score three that inning. Falling behind like that with their bullpen is not ideal.”
Action inning: The seventh inning could have been quick. In relief of Bundy, O’Day got a simple double-play ball to Hardy, but Hardy fumbled the grounder out of his glove and didn’t get an out on the play. On the next batter, second baseman Jonathan Schoop tracked a ball to shallow center field and called off the outfielders while doing it, but the ball glanced off his glove before falling in for a hit.
Second baseman Dustin…