BOSTON — The stadium scoreboard on the historic left-field wall of Fenway Park told the unusual story of another Orioles loss Sunday afternoon. The Orioles had 13 hits, more than the Boston Red Sox, but failed to score in a 5-0 loss that ended another frustrating road series in perplexing fashion.
An Orioles team that’s found unique ways to lose all season discovered a new one Sunday, stranding a season-high 14 base runners.
Each of the Orioles’ first 12 hits were singles. Jace Peterson led off the ninth inning with a double for the first extra-base hit but was stranded at third to end the game.
“I was there,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s hard to get 13 hits and not score any runs. We had plenty of opportunities. I thought our guys did a good job off [Red Sox starter] Eduardo [Rodriguez]. We just couldn’t get that big hit. That’s a tribute to him, but it’s frustrating.”
The game marked the first time in club history that the Orioles recorded 13 or more hits in a nine-inning game and failed to score a run. The Orioles had 13 hits in a 1-0 15-inning loss on May 14, 1961 in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Cleveland.
It is also the first time in nearly a decade a team has been shut out while recording 13 or more hits. The Dodgers had 13 in a 5-0 loss to the Phillies on Aug. 25, 2008.
The Orioles’ effort to reverse their early-season road woes fell flat. They dropped three of four at Fenway in their first stop on a three-city, 11-game trip that will now take them to Chicago and then Tampa Bay.
— Baltimore Sun