Recap - Sox offense fails to back Houck

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

Two games in, a disturbing pattern is starting to develop.

Photo courtesy of The Boston Herald

Strong starting pitching, sketchy defense, and a lack of offense has led to a pair of losses to the Orioles including Saturday afternoon's 4-2 contest at Fenway Park.

Tanner Houck (pictured) went five innings allowing six hits and a walk while striking out eight. He was charged with a pair of runs, only one of which was earned.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox bats were held in check by Matt Harvey who was making his Orioles debut.

With the game scoreless and two out in the top of the fourth, Houck walked Rio Ruiz and gave up an infield single to Austin Hays which was followed by a Rafael Devers throwing error and a Kevin Plawecki passed ball. Maikel Franco singled home a pair of runs to give Baltimore a lead they would never relinquish.

Marwin Gonzalez drove in the first Boston run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth and J.D. Martinez plated the second run with an RBI infield single an inning later.

Martinez led the Red Sox with three hits in the loss followed by a pair from Gonzalez.

Garrett Richards will be tasked with trying to avoid a sweep when the Red Sox and Orioles close out the weekend series Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

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