Wade Miley

Closing Time: Wade Miley loses game, temper as Orioles sweep Red Sox

Rob Bradford
June 11, 2015 - 5:45 pm

BALTIMORE -- At least the Red Sox have unique ways of landing at their low points. The latest excursion to the depth of the 2015 season didn't only include 6-5 loss to the Orioles Thursday night, completing a three-game sweep by the O's, but also a dugout confrontation between starting pitcher Wade Miley and manager John Farrell. It was Miley who was at the center of most of the chaos in the series finale, taking the loss after surrounding five runs on nine hits in just four innings. After finishing off the fourth, in which Miley allowed his third homer of the game (a solo blast by Manny Machado), the lefty began to shout at the Red Sox manager. While it didn't appear as though Farrell was yelling back, the two did adjourn to the dugout runway. The lefty, who has routinely shown emotion upon exiting his starts, had thrown just 69 pitches before being replaced by Steven Wright. (To see video of a portion of the confrontation, click here.) Thanks in large part to another solid relief outing by Wright (2 2/3 innings, 1 R), the Red Sox were able to draw within a run heading into the late innings. But the inability to come up with the big hit (going 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position) would haunt Farrell's team once again. The Red Sox did close within a run in the eighth thanks to David Ortiz's solo home run off Orioles reliever Chaz Roe. But that would be the closest they would come. The game would end with the potential game-tying run, Blake Swihart, standing at first base after Orioles closer Zach Britton struck out Dustin Pedroia. With the loss, the Red Sox drop to 10-18 against American League East teams, with the red-hot Blue Jays next up for a three-game set at Fenway Park. They fall seven games under .500 (27-34) for the second time this season, previously reaching the mark after being swept in Minnesota. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Orioles defense. Led by stellar first-inning plays by left fielder David Lough and third baseman Manny Machado, the hosts punctuated an excellent defensive series. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Pablo Sandoval continued his defensive struggles, committing another throwing error in the seventh inning on a Machado leadoff ground ball. The miscue (Sandoval's 8th of the season) proved costly, with Machado coming around for the host's sixth run via Matt Wieters' sacrifice fly. -- While Mike Napoli did notch a sacrifice fly, he finished the night going 0-for-3. He is now 1-for-15 in his last four games. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Sandoval claimed a pair of hits, including a two-run double in the fourth inning. It was the third baseman's first multi-RBI game since May 10. -- Xander Bogaerts continued his hot hitting, claiming a two-out, RBI single in the sixth inning. Since May 15, he is 7-for-15 with runners in scoring position. The shortstop also made the defensive play of the game in the eighth, diving behind second base to rob J.J. Hardy of a sure hit.