Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia leaves with apparent knee injury

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia leaves with apparent knee injury

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia leaves with apparent knee injury

While several Boston Red Sox players and even manager John Farrell seethed late Friday night over a hard, high slide into second base by Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado, Pedroia walked through the clubhouse gingerly but without a limp or a noticeable scrape on the back of his left calf. Machado - who had homered earlier to give the Birds an insurance run - slid into second base as Dustin Pedroia was reaching out to field a throw, and his cleats made contact with Pedroia's leg. So extremely late slide and the argument at the time was that if the rule is in place to protect the middle infielder, then it didn't work tonight. Pomeranz was able to get out of the inning without further damage by getting slugger Manny Machado to line out to center and Mark Trumbo to pop out to first base. In that case, let's just hope he doesn't get injured or charge the mound.

It's notable, then, that Pedroia mentioned he was anxious about his surgically repaired knee when Machado hit him. Craig Gentry scored on the play.

Holt hopes some time off will "help me kind of settle down a little bit". "I went and tried to grab him as soon as I can", Machado said. "The intention wasn't there". If you see the replay, you see how my body comes off the bag and hits him right in the path. Boston has taken nine of 14 from the Orioles and is 9-3 in its past 12 road matchups with Baltimore. It was a laborious start for Bundy, but a clean one nonetheless.

Lefty Donnie Hart took over the pitching duties for the O's and walked Chris Young after loading the count. Mychal Givens then retired Orioles nemesis Mookie Betts on a popup with runners on the corners. Brach is subbing for All-Star closer Zach Britton, who's on the disabled list.

The Boston Red Sox had a frustrating night at Camden Yards on Friday, losing 2-0 to the Orioles. Baltimore's offense is a tough one to face, and allowing only two runs is a nice feat.

It's possible that everyone is right, which leaves open the possibility that Machado could feel the wrath of the Red Sox sometime during the remaining two games of the series. However, Machado blasted his third home run of the season to double the Orioles lead to 2-0.

Baltimore (11-4) has won seven of nine.

The 24-year-old Betts extended his hit streak to five games with a bases-clearing double in the 10th inning of Thursday afternoon's 4-1 triumph over Toronto. NY fell to 1-3 in extra innings early this season. Kluber (2-1) faced 29 batters in his fourth complete-game shutout and first since June 21, 2016, against Tampa Bay.

Bundy tossed two more scoreless frames, but Pomeranz was unable to keep the Birds off the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. He would also add a single in the eighth for his first multi-hit game of the season. Cabrera had three hits but was hurt while stretching for a throw to first on Brian Dozier's inning-ending grounder in the sixth.

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