After Friday night’s thrilling, 12-8 comeback win over the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles had their most effective starter, Jordan Lyles, going in the first game of Saturday’s day/night doubleheader. But Lyles threw just 4 1/3 innings, the fewest in any of his 10 starts this season, and the Orioles lost to the Red Sox, 5-3, at Fenway Park.
The score was 3-3 when Lyles, who allowed three runs on nine hits and threw 93 pitches, left the game. He and manager Brandon Hyde acknowledged that Saturday was a struggle.
“I just didn’t think he had his best stuff today,” Hyde told reporters in Boston about why he pulled Lyles with one out in the fifth. “He had a really long second inning there, I think a 40-pitch second inning. He got some bad breaks.”
Boston (22-24) scored three runs in the second on Jackie Bradley Jr.’ s RBI double and a two-run single by Kiké Hernández.
“Really happy with how competitive he was, pitching into the fifth inning,” Hyde said. “Obviously, tough lineup, tough ballpark to pitch into today. He gave us a chance.”
Keegan Akin (1-1), who finished the fifth with runners on first and third without giving up a run, allowed a sixth-inning home run to pinch-hitter Bobby Dalbec and a run-scoring single to Christian Arroyo in the seventh. Dalbec’s home run was just the second home run allowed by Akin in 31 2/3 innings.