BOSTON — Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy deserved a better fate Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park as he kept a potent Boston Red Sox batting order at bay for five innings through a frigid combination of cold, wind and rain.
Bundy’s day unraveled quickly in the sixth, with a costly fielding error leading to the Red Sox breaking open a tie game with two unearned runs and ending Bundy’s outing in the process.
Bundy fell one out short of his fourth quality start in as many outings, but he still put the Orioles into position to win. He hasn’t received much run support all season — the Orioles average a minuscule 1.5 runs when he’s on the mound — but Sunday it was defense that failed him in a 3-1 loss.
“Dylan was outstanding,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said. “Just remarkable for me to watch him plying his trade or whatever in those type of conditions. I can’t tell you how hard that is, and that was impressive. I’m sure Dylan’s done a little duck hunting in his life. That’s kind of what that was like.”
In the sixth inning, J.D. Martinez hit a grounder to third that Danny Valencia booted, allowing the leadoff hitter to reach base. That miscue came back to haunt Bundy and the Orioles after Mitch Moreland’s double put runners at second and third.
The cold offered challenges for both hitters and pitchers, and even though the Orioles have played several games in cold weather this year, this was extreme. They prepared with three or four layers of clothing under their jerseys.