Rick Porcello allowed eight runs and tied a career-high in hits allowed (12) taking his first loss of the season. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Rick Porcello struggles, David Ortiz ejected as Red Sox fall to Orioles

Ryan Hannable
April 19, 2015 - 12:52 pm
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Some nights the Red Sox offense will be able to bail a starting pitcher out for not having a good performance, but it's tough when the starter allows eight runs over five-plus innings. Red Sox starter Rick Porcello allowed eight runs in five-plus innings, as they fell to the Orioles 8-3 Sunday at Fenway Park. The Orioles have won two straight games in the series after the Red Sox had a walkoff win Friday night. After throwing 96 pitches through the first five innings, Porcello went back out for the sixth and after hitting Caleb Joseph to lead off the inning, allowed three straight hits, including a bases clearing double to Adam Jones, as the Orioles extended their lead to five runs. Porcello finished going five-plus innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits, while walking three and striking out six. The 12 hits allowed tied a career-high and his is ERA through three starts is 6.63. "I thought early on, a 1-0 sinker or a 0-1 sinker that didn't have the finish to [Adam] Jones for the two-run dinger," manger John Farrell said. "There ended up being some pitches left up in the strike zone. He had to fight back in the count at times. Left-handers took some good swings against him." Through 12 starts, the Red Sox' starting rotation has a collective ERA of 6.24. Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits to earn the win. Red Sox hitters finished with six total hits in the game, and just four after the first inning. They finished the game 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Jones. Besides the big double in the sixth, Jones hit a monster home run in the first inning and finished 4-for-5 with five RBI. The five RBI and four hits both tie a career-high. Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- Porcello continues to struggle with allowing home runs this season. The right-hander came into the season allowing 0.94 home runs per nine innings, but has allowed five in 19 innings so far this year. He allowed a two-run Jones home run in the first and a solo homer to Ryan Flaherty in the second. -- David Ortiz was ejected by home plate umpire John Tumpane (after he took over for Paul Emmel) for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning. Ortiz appeared to hold up on a check swing, but it was ruled he went around. This comes after Ortiz didn't like a call third base umpire Jerry Meals made earlier in the game on a check swing. "The discussion was our disagreement with a couple of check swings that Jerry Meals called today," Farrell said. "We didn't feel like on either one he went. First at-bat it doesn't really have an outcome because he ends up walking, but those are quick rings on the check swing and didn't feel like he swung at either one." -- Mookie Betts continues to struggle at the plate of late, going 0-for-4 in the game. He is now 0 for his last 11, and is 4-for-21 (.190) on the homestand. -- Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4 in the loss. He came into the game leading the team with 15 hits. -- Although the defense wasn't charged with an error, Hanley Ramirez misplayed a ball off the wall again, allowing it to go over his head. Shane Victorino also took a poor route on a ball hit to right field and before finding it in the air, the ball landed on the warning track going for a double. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Ramirez belted his second home run at Fenway Park this year in the first inning, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 lead at the time. He ripped the first pitch he saw from Gonzalez over the Monster, hitting the Sports Authority sign. It was his fifth home run of the year, which is second in the American League. The only Red Sox player to hit more than five homers in the team's first 12 games is Fred Lynn when he hit seven in 1979. He went 2-for-4 in the loss. -- Taking over for Porcello, Craig Breslow gave the Red Sox a solid performance in relief. After coming in with a runner on second with no outs in the sixth, he got out of it without any damage. In all he went three innings not allowing a run on two hits. Edward Mujica threw a scoreless ninth. -- Brock Holt continues to make the most of his playing opportunities. Giving Dustin Pedroia a day off at second base, Holt singled to lead off the game and has now hit safely in six straight games.

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