BOSTON (AP) — Anthony Santander and the Baltimore Orioles were shut down by Rich Hill and three assists in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night, hurting their chances of rallying in the AL wildcard race.
Robinson Chirinos accounted for Baltimore’s only run with his fourth homer in the eighth inning. The Orioles (80-75) lost for the fourth time in five games. They were 3 1/2 behind Seattle for the third AL wildcard en route to the day.
Santander went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts one night after hitting a homer from either side of the plate in Baltimore’s 13-9 loss at Fenway Park. The hitter went 8 for 20 with six home runs and nine RBIs in his last four games.
Hill (8-7) hit nine while pitching six innings with five balls hit. The 42-year-old left-hander also pitched five scoreless innings in a 1-0 win in Baltimore on Sept. 11.
Hill became the 21st pitcher in major league history to make at least 25 starts in a season at age 42 or older. Bartolo Colon and RA Dickey were the last players to pull off the feat in 2017 and Jamie Moyer was the last left to pull it off in 2009.
Ryan Brasier and Kaleb Ort each had three outs before Matt Barnes handled the ninth for his sixth save. Gunnar Henderson went with two outs, but Barnes fanned on pinch hitter Adleyrutschman to end the game.
Alex Verdugo hit a homer and drove in two carries in Boston’s second straight win. Abraham Almonte also went deep for his first homer of the season.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 0 for 3 with a walk. He ranks third in the American League with a .309 batting average.
Baltimore right-hander Dean Kremer (8-6) allowed three carries and six hits in more than five innings. Kremer scored a four-stroke for his first full game of his career in a 6-0 win over Houston last week.
Verdugo hit Rafael Devers in the first and Almonte led the third with a drive to the right for his 24th career homer. Almonte was promoted from the minors on September 7.
Verdugo led in sixth place with his eleventh homer of the season.
Orioles: INF Ramón Urias was put on the 10-day injury list with a sprained right knee. INF Tyler Nevin was raised by Triple-A Norfolk.
Red Sox: INF/OF Christian Arroyo, who had not played since Sept. 18 due to a non-COVID-19 illness, stepped in as a defensive backup at second base in eighth place. Ahead of the game, manager Alex Cora said he expects Arroyo to play on Thursday. … Cora said he believes 1B Eric Hosmer could be activated by Monday. Hosmer has been on the injured list since August 21 with a back infection. … RHP Kutter Crawford, on the IL since Sept. 1 with a right shoulder impact, threw live batting practice. Crawford is not expected to return this season.
Orioles: LHP Keegan Akin and RHP Beau Sulser were recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, and RHPs Joey Krehbiel and Jake Reed were sent down.
The Orioles and Red Sox wrap up their season series on Thursday. Rookie RHP Mike Baumann (1-3, 4.32 ERA) is scheduled to serve for Baltimore and RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-3, 4.15 ERA) takes the mound for Boston.
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