09/24 22:02 CDT Hays, Orioles bash Red Sox 13-1 to avoid last in AL East
Hays, Orioles bash Red Sox 13-1 to avoid last in AL East
By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer
Jos Iglesias, Pat Valaika and Austin Hays homered to lead the Baltimore
Orioles past the Boston Red Sox 13-1 Thursday night in a struggle for last
place in the AL East.
Hays, Valaika, Rio Ruiz and Ramn Uras --- the Nos. 5-8 hitters --- each had
three of Baltimore's 18 hits as the Orioles won for just the second time in
eight games. Hays also had three hits and a homer on Wednesday night.
The Red Sox had won three in a row, with a chance to tie Baltimore for fourth
place in the division had they swept the series. Instead, Boston trails by two
games with three games to play in the pandemic-shortened season and has
clinched its worst winning percentage since the 1965 team lost 100 games.
Alex Cobb (2-5) gave up one run and six hits in seven innings for his first win
since July 25 --- the second game of the season. He had lost five straight
decisions over eight starts.
Martin Perez (3-5) allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings; He
struck out two. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin pitched the ninth for Boston --- his
first career pitching appearance --- allowing three more runs, including Hays'
In the Fenway finale, the Red Sox used the center field scoreboard to thank
different groups that contributed to the unusual season. Messages were posted
for the technical and cleaning staffs, as well as baseball operations and even
"Thank you medical team," one message read. "We made it this far because of
"Thank you productions," one said. "For cheering along every play with
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"Thank you players, coaches and staff," another said. "We hope you never have
to spit in a tube ever again."
"Thank you to anyone we missed," the last one said. "It's probably because we
have been locked inside the control room and haven't been allowed to interact
with anyone for 3 months."
Baltimore scored three in the second inning when Ruiz singled in one run and
scored on Cedric Mullins' two-run double. They added three more in the fourth
when Ruiz led off with a double and then Uras bounced one into the right field
seats; after Urias scored on a sacrifice fly, Iglesias homered to make it 6-0.
Ruiz doubled in a run and scored in the fifth to take an 8-0 lead and then made
it 9-1 on Valaika's solo homer.
Red Sox fans weren't able to visit Fenway Park this season, with all major
league games off-limits to fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. But
residents of Boston will be able to cast their ballots in the upcoming election
at the ballpark during the first weekend of early voting, Oct. 17-18.
The Boston City Elections Commission approved Fenway Park as an early voting
location on Thursday. The ballpark is one of 21 early voting locations across
The state voting registration deadline is Oct. 24.
"Voting is one of the best ways to support and champion the issues and policies
we value," Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said. "What better way for the Red Sox
to help with that effort than to open up our ballpark for Boston residents to
cast their early ballots."
Red Sox reliever Domingo Tapia was hit in the right arm by a line drive back to
the mound by Urias. Tapia chased the ball as it rolled toward first base,
flipped it to the bag for the force out and then lay on his stomach on the
grass. He left the game, having thrown just two pitches.
Orioles: Finish the season in Toronto. Pitchers TBA.
Red Sox: Chris Mazza (1-2) faces Atlanta's Kyle Wright in the opener of a
season-ending, three-game series.
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