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Orioles Off To Best Start In Team History

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The Baltimore Orioles spoiled the Boston Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park with a 9-7 road victory. The MLB season schedule is long and we are still in the infant stages, but the O’s hot start is noteworthy. Baltimore improved to a record of 6-0 which is not only the best start in Orioles’ history but it also leaves Baltimore as the only undefeated club in MLB.

In their victory over Boston, the Orioles had four players hit above .400 which included Joey Rickard at .409, Manny Machado at .458, and Mark Trumbo at .417. Brad Brach secured the victory while Zach Britton was credited with his third save of the season. Yovani Gallardo pitched five innings, a 5.40 ERA and he allowed five runs in the contest.

Boston opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with runs scored by Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, and Xander Bogaerts for a 3-0 lead over the O’s. Chris Davis singled during the top of the third which drove home Caleb Joseph. A few batters later, Mark Trumbo hit a home run driving home Davis and Machado to give a 5-3 edge to Birdland.

Baltimore and Boston traded scoring plays with the game knotted up at 6-6 through the bottom of the sixth inning. Davis broke the tie by hitting a three-run homer off of Boston pitcher Craig Kimbrel to give the Orioles a 9-6 lead. Betts hit a home run during the bottom of the ninth but Boston couldn’t bounce back giving Baltimore a 9-7 victory.

The O’s will play their second of a three-game series against Boston on Tuesday night. After the series wraps up on Wednesday, the Birds will travel to Arlington, Texas to begin a four-game series against Rangers at Globe Life Park. Davis is tied for fifth in MLB with three home runs and he will look to add to his numbers on Tuesday’s tilt against the Red Sox.

Tim Olewniczak

Tim is a proud alumnus of the University at Buffalo and a published historian. He previously wrote for TheHockeyWriters.com where he covered the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. He has been writing for Legends On Deck since April 2015 covering the Baltimore Orioles.