BOSTON (AP) — Baltimore squandered four homers, including two more from Anthony Santander, in a 13-9 loss to Triston Casas and the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night, hurting the Orioles’ chances of an AL wildcard.
Adleyrutschman and Ramón Urías also went deep, but Baltimore (80-74) lost for the third time in four games. The Orioles stayed 3 1/2 behind Seattle for the third AL wildcard after the Mariners lost 5-0 to the Rangers.
“It’s about continuing to make adjustments on both sides of the ball,” Santander said through a translator. “We know time is running out, but we still have time to do what we need to do.”
Casas hit a two-run homer for Boston, who had lost six in a row. Tommy Pham had three RBIs and Rafael Devers hit a two-run single.
The Red Sox scored six runs in the third and five more in the fourth, capitalizing on a series of errors by the Orioles.
Two runs in Boston came from Connor Wong and Xander Bogaerts on full bases walks, and another came home when Rob Refsnyder was hit by a blocked bases pitch. Second baseman Rougned Odor made two errors in the fourth right after the Orioles scored five runs in the top half to take it to 8.
The Orioles’ first six hits were all for extra bases. rutschman and Santander hit consecutive home runs in the third, and Santander hit to a two-run shot in the fourth.
Santander went deep from both sides of the plate for the second straight night after hitting two of Baltimore’s five homers in Monday’s 14-8 win at Fenway Park. The hitter has six homers in his last four games and a career-best 33 of the season.
“The personal stuff is great. I’m glad I was able to come through and get those big hits to push the team forward,” said Santander. “Unfortunately we couldn’t get the desired result tonight, but tomorrow is a new day. We will come back and work hard and try to compete and win tomorrow.”
Matt Strahm (4-4) took the win after taking on Michael Wacha with an out in fourth place. Joey Krehbiel (5-5), one of seven pitchers fielded by the Orioles, took the loss.
Santander has struck four times from both sides of the plate this season, equaling Ken Caminiti’s big league record, set with San Diego in 1996.
Santander doubled high off the center wall in the first, passing just yards behind another homer.
It was an early night for both starters.
Baltimore’s Kyle Bradish lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing for seven carries and four hits. He walked four and hit three.
“He just didn’t have the control that he had in the second half,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “A lot of deep counts, a lot of fouls and a lot of misses, and a lot of borderline tendencies didn’t go his way, but he didn’t have the normal command that he’s had in his last few starts. ”
Michael Wacha threw 3 1/3 innings for Boston, scoring six carries and eight hits.
Orioles: Urías was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games with neck and shoulder spasms. Urías tripled in the second, led the third with a homer and singled in the fifth before leaving in the seventh with right knee trouble.
Red Sox: 1B Eric Hosmer (low back inflammation) is scheduled for batting practice ahead of Wednesday’s game and could return to the lineup in the next few days.
Orioles RHP Dean Kremer (8-5, 3.07 ERA) meets Red Sox LHP Rich Hill (7-7, 4.65 ERA) in the third of four games of the series Wednesday night.
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