Major League Baseball
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Boston at Baltimore
When: 7:05 PM ET, Monday, July 23, 2018
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

The Boston Red Sox's powerful offense woke up in the finale of their first series after the All-Star break and look to carry that over when they visit the Baltimore Orioles on Monday to open a three-game set between the major league’s best and worst teams. The Red Sox managed one run while splitting the first two games of the series before routing Detroit 9-1 on Sunday improve their record to 70-31.

Boston left 19 on base during the first two games in Detroit but went 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position Sunday and Jackie Bradley Jr. launched a three-run homer as the Red Sox improved to 14-2 in their last 16. Rick Porcello, who beat Baltimore with six innings of three-run ball on May 19, gets the start in the opener for Boston, while fellow right-hander Kevin Gausman goes for the Orioles. Baltimore coughed up a three-run lead in the eighth inning and dropped a 5-4 decision at Toronto on Sunday for its third loss in a row and 20th in its last 25 outings to plummet to the bottom of the majors with a 28-72 record. Jonathan Schoop has warmed up of late for the Orioles, going 8-for-26 with a pair of homers during a six-game hitting streak to raise his batting average to .231.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox RH Rick Porcello (11-4, 4.13 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Kevin Gausman (4-7, 4.33)

Porcello hopes to rebound from his worst outing of the season in his last start before the break, allowing eight runs and seven hits over two innings in a loss to Toronto on July 13. The New Jersey native gave up five runs across 13 innings to win his first two starts of July while combining for 14 strikeouts. Mark Trumbo is 11-for-37 with four homers versus Porcello, who is 5-11 with a 4.86 ERA in 19 career starts against the Orioles.

Gausman has managed just one victory since May 11 but boasts five quality starts in 11 outings during that stretch. The 27-year-old LSU product, who started July with a win against the Los Angeles Angels, gave up five runs on a season-high 12 hits last time out on July 12 in a 5-4 loss to Philadelphia. Mookie Betts is 15-for-32 with three homers against Gausman, who is 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 19 appearances (14 starts) versus Boston.

WALK-OFFS

1. Betts has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games and leads the majors with a .352 batting average.

2. Baltimore CF Adam Jones was rested Sunday after hitting safely in three straight games with five hits and four RBIs.

3. The Red Sox have won nine of 10 meetings with the Orioles this season, including a three-game sweep at Baltimore last month.

PREDICTION: Red Sox 6, Orioles 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Boston 70-31 W1 34-13 36-18 32-13 11-7 20-10 7-1
Baltimore 28-72 L3 16-33 12-39 11-28 8-16 3-16 6-12
Last Meeting
Boston Baltimore
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/13/18 BOS 5 BAL 1 .273 2 .814 .133 0 .437
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Boston A. Benintendi .432 16 1.316
Baltimore A. Jones .316 12 .641
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Boston J. Martinez 5 7 9
Baltimore J. Schoop 1 3 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
Boston 2.23 .292 105
Baltimore 5.07 .216 71
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Boston M. Betts .352 111 1.110
Baltimore A. Jones .277 107 .728
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Boston J. Martinez 29 72 81
Baltimore T. Mancini 12 40 26
Pitching ERA Avg K
Boston 3.53 .270 985
Baltimore 4.89 .227 769