Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Scott Feldman watches from the dugout after being relieved in the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:10 am
Feldman struggles as Orioles fall 12-3 to Red Sox
By IAN QUILLENAssociated Press
Feldman allowed eight runs and failed to finish the third inning in the worst of his 15 starts with the Orioles, a 12-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
"I hope that they want me back," Feldman said. "I really like the guys in here and the coaching staff's been great so, yeah, see what happens, but I hope so."
Feldman (5-6), eligible to become a free agent this offseason, was acquired in midseason trade from the Chicago Cubs. Before Friday, he had pitched at least five innings and surrendered no more than three runs in his previous eight starts, posting a 2.08 ERA in that stretch.
He finishes with a 4.27 ERA for the Orioles after a 7-6 record and 3.46 ERA in 15 starts with the Cubs.
"He's a pro," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It hurts to see him finish the season like that, but knowing Scott, it will drive him even more. He's going to be 31 years old next year and he's a guy whose statistics have come over to the American League just like they were in the National League. He's going to be somebody that people are going to want, including us."
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 53rd homer in the sixth for the Orioles, who have lost seven of nine and are 2-2 on their season-ending six-game homestand. Adam Jones hit a two-run drive in the third for his career-high 33rd home run and 108th RBI.
Those were just the third and fourth home runs allowed in 16 starts by Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz (12-1), who gave up three runs over seven innings as the AL East champions moved closer to securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
But Buchholz was never seriously tested after taking the mound with a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Daniel Nava and David Ortiz hit three-run homers for Boston, which led 8-0 by the third inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a three-run drive overturned in a video review, the last batter Feldman faced before leaving after 2 1-3 innings.
"It seemed like I made a lot of mistakes behind in the count, and they hit `em," Feldman said. "Anytime I made a mistake, they pretty much put the good part of the bat on it and hit it pretty well."
The Orioles need one victory in their final two games to become the only AL East team to post a winning record against Boston this season.
Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the Red Sox. Baltimore has allowed a big league-high 200 homers this season.
Boston hit for the cycle as a team in the first, when Mike Napoli had an RBI double, Nava sent a first-pitch curveball in the right-field bleachers, and Stephen Drew hit an RBI triple.
Saltalamacchia's drive off Feldman in the third hit the top side of the cushion atop the right-field wall and caromed back onto the field. After the play Initially ruled a home run, umpires reviewed the video and gave Saltalamacchia a double that left two on. Drew followed with a two-run single off Zach Britton.
Ortiz homered in the eighth and Jonny Gomes connected for a solo shot. Both came against Mike Belfiore in his major league debut. Ortiz was the first batter Belfiore faced after Steve Johnson allowed back-to-back walks.
"It was a tough spot for him, but at least he got an opportunity," Showalter said.
NOTES: Davis' homer was his 28th at home, breaking the franchise record set by Frank Robinson in Memorial Stadium in 1966. He was back in the lineup after missing one game with a sore right foot. An X-ray on Thursday showed nothing worrisome. "It was more about just letting me catch my breath," Davis said. ... The Orioles are 22-13 against Boston since the beginning of the 2012 season and are 9-8 this season.