Orioles beat Price for first time in Baltimore; big night for offense; Martin's trip around the bases - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles beat Price for first time in Baltimore; big night for offense; Martin’s trip around the bases

Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon

BALTIMORE—David Price has tormented the Orioles for years. It was about time they tormented him.

Price entered Friday night’s game with an 8-0 record at Oriole Park and a 2.72 ERA, but he allowed six runs in four innings as the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 11-2

John Means, who had the worst start of his career six days ago, rebounded with six strong innings. Means allowed only Sam Travis’ two-run home run, and a total of four hits.

After Travis’ homer in the second, Means retired nine straight. By then, the Orioles had scored their six runs against Price.

“We took really good at-bats off him,” manager Brandon Hyde said “We weren’t swinging at balls. We got his pitch count up early in the game and battled. We really competed tonight. It was fun to watch.”

Anthony Santander’s three-run home run, his fifth, gave them a 3-0 lead in the first.

“I was looking for a good pitch,” Santander said through a translator. “It was a well-located pitch, and thankfully I was able to make really good, solid, hard contact.”

Shortstop Richie Martin’s liner to right was misplayed by J.D. Martinez, and Martin flew around the bases. He was credited with a triple, and scored on an error by Martinez, bobbled the ball after chasing it down.

“I wasn’t thinking inside-the-park, to be honest,” Martin said. “When I was rounding second, and I was getting ready to slide into third. I saw [third base coach Jose Flores] back up a little. …. He’s backing up and at the last minute, he started wheeling me, so I do what I’m told.”

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Keon Broxton, in a 1-for-31 skid, hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth.

The Orioles scored two more runs against Colten Brewer in the fifth for an 8-2 lead.

Means, who was the Orioles’ representative in the All-Star Game, but didn’t pitch, hadn’t started in 10 days when he allowed six runs, and three home runs on July 13 against Tampa Bay. He equaled his season low with just a single strikeout and walked two.

“To go six innings and give up two runs to the Boston Red Sox,” Hyde said. “…Really, the only mistake was the homer, kind of a changeup that he cut a little bit into the middle part of the plate. He did what John Means has done all year, keep guys off balance, I love that he flashed more breaking balls tonight, threw some really nice breaking balls to [Rafael] Devers, located his fastball and gave us six great innings.”

Means threw 102 pitches on an evening when the game-time temperature was 96 degrees.

“I was pounding the zone pretty well,” Means said. “I was throwing it kind of where I wanted. There’s still some things that I’m working on as far as emotional standpoint and getting more swings and misses, but I did feel like I was locating pretty well.”

Means enjoyed the challenge of facing Price.

“A guy like that who’s been established in this league for so long, it’s cool to see him across the other side and to watch him pitch against you,” Means said. “You kind of take some pointers.”

Each Oriole starter had at least one hit. Broxton, Martin and Jonathan Villar had two.

“We just took good at-bats up and down the lineup,” Hyde said. “That was for me one of our better games of the year from all standpoints. We pitched outstanding. We played really good defense, ran the bases well and everybody contributed in the lineup. So, it was just a fantastic game for us.”

The Orioles have won consecutive games for just the sixth time this season. Their record is 30-66. Last year, they didn’t win their 30th game until the 104th game. They’re eight games ahead of last season.

Martin’s complete game: Martin had two hits and was strong on defense. He caught a Xander Bogaerts liner to lead off the eighth at the very top of his perfectly timed jump.

“It was one of his better games,” Hyde said. “He’s been working hard with our hitting guys, getting in a little better position to hit, and I think it’s starting to pay off where he’s taking some really nice swings.

“Richie’s been playing great defense all year. He’s a special defender. He’s unbelievably athletic and like I’ve said a lot, so impressive the way he doesn’t take his offense to his defense and continues to really contribute defensively every game he’s in there. It’s hopefully a game to build on.”

Martin broke an 0-for-24 slide on Wednesday with an eighth-inning single.

“I’m a little more spread out, hands lower, but other than that, approach is still the same,” Martin said.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    July 20, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Glad to see Means get a lil revenge against the Red Sox, not getting in the all-star game, especially with the outcome meaning nothing today, kinda shocked to see Peterson re-sign with the O’s, hopefully they trade Villar & need him up with the big boys…always liked Peterson’s effort…go O’s..

  2. Grand Strand Bird Fan

    July 20, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Another terrific effort by Means, he generally doesn’t give into hitters allowing a big inning. In the 5th with two on and one out. He battled Betts in a 9 pitch at bat getting him to pop out then retired Devers. The Orioles added on runs which sealed the win. Nice team effort all around.

  3. cb

    July 20, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Santander has stabilized right field with his offense and defense. Teams are respecting his throwing arm. Big improvement over having Mancini out there.

    • CalsPals

      July 20, 2019 at 9:50 am

      Agree, poor Mancini should be at 1st…not his fault…go O’s…

  4. Fareastern89

    July 20, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Martin has added so much to the improvement in the O’s defense this season. Nobody ever said he was another J. J. Hardy, but when you think back to the alternatives last year, this kid has done a great deal to stabilize the infield. Any offensive outburst is a bonus.

  5. SpinMaster

    July 20, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Martin should be the poster boy for making adjustments. He has gone from standing straight up with his hand high and at the end of the bat to a crouch, hands low and choking up. It’s nice that we can see the adjustments he has made and was willing to do something “different” to make him better. Now if only others (hint, hint C.D,) would take the hint and make some adjustments to their batting stance to improve their results.

    • CalsPals

      July 20, 2019 at 10:27 am

      CD stands too straight up & down, totally agree…go O’s…

  6. cb

    July 20, 2019 at 10:54 am

    If I was a pitcher I would want Martin out there over Villar. JJ was outstanding but he didn’t have the throwing arm that Martin does.

    • Orial

      July 20, 2019 at 11:20 am

      Hardy was all about positioning and coaching the IFand cutoffs from the OF.

    • Camden Brooks

      July 20, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      JJ was a lot like Cal in that he only threw it as hard as he needed to. He had plenty of arm, we just seldom got to see it.

    • Raymo

      July 20, 2019 at 10:39 pm

      And JJ’s throws were amazingly accurate and consistent, almost routine.

  7. Boog Robinson Robinson

    July 20, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Great game….loads of fun last night. Triples, homers, bunts, running the bases ….. and defense! In addition, it was really nice to have Thorne & Palmer back in the booth. And what a difference a decently pitched game makes! I believe that was the 1st game in a month that Gary wasn’t channeling Harry Doyle.

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