Baltimore Orioles open Players Weekend with 16 runs in rout of Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 25: Rick Porcello
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 25: Rick Porcello /

The Baltimore Orioles score 16 runs in a blowout win versus the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park as they sport their exquisite Players Weekend uniforms.

The Baltimore Orioles showcased an outpouring of runs Friday night, scoring a season-high 16 runs in the 16-3 crushing defeat of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

In a sloppy performance, the Red Sox committed five errors, allowing the Orioles to put up runs in five of the nine innings, including seven runs in the fifth inning for win No. 63 of the season.

Manny “Mr. Miami” Machado ignited the Orioles offense right from the start as he sent a line drive into left field in the top of the first inning.

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Two batters later, Adam Jones hit a bullet straight to the face of reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick “Veintidos” Porcello, who just got his glove in time to slap the ball down and avoid a shuddery situation.

The Orioles tacked on another first inning run with rookie Trey Mancini‘s sacrifice fly to score Jonathan Schoop.

Mark Trumbo, who entered Friday’s contest hitting just .212 in Aug. with two homers, smashed home run No. 20 of the season in the second inning to lift the O’s to a 3-0 lead.

Slugger Chris “Crush” Davis sent Porcello’s 91.4 mph four-seam fastball to the deepest part of the ballpark as ricochet off the center field wall to put the Orioles up 6-2 in the third inning.

The fifth inning is when the Orioles transformed an impressive road against the AL East leading Red Sox to a crushing defeat as the O’s put up seven runs.

Mancini jump-started the Orioles offensive outburst in the fifth inning with a RBI single to drive in Schoop for a 7-2 lead. However, at the conclusion of the inning, the Orioles lead stretched to 13-2 heading into the sixth. Mancini’s night included three hits with a game-high four RBIs.

The Orioles offensive eruption overshadowed the solid performance from Orioles starting pitcher Jeremey “Helly” Hellickson who pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs for victory No. 8 on the season.

Update on American League Wild Card standings

Although a division crown seems to be too far out of reach for in 2017, the Orioles somehow, with their frustrating series losses from the recent West Coast trip and failing to sweep a bad Oakland Athletics team at home, sit three games back from the final AL Wild Card spot.

Despite the rout against the Red Sox Friday night, the Orioles were unable to gain ground in the AL Wild Card standings as both the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners earned wins Friday night.

In addition to chasing the Twins and Mariners for the final AL Wild Card spot, the Orioles have to climb over the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays.

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According to the calculation by, the Orioles sit with a three percent chance of reaching the postseason.

Will the Orioles surprise the baseball world again as they have so often the past five years?