Red Sox off to Best Start in Franchise History

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston Friday

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Each Sox batter reached base at least once, and Rafael Devers broke out of a mini-slump with a 3-for-5 night.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to simply salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the set, including a 10-3 rout on Saturday. Bundy was sharp in his latest effort, holding the Blue Jays to only two runs in seven strong innings, finishing with the no decision in a game the Orioles lost.

Sale dominated the Yankees during his last start and allowed just a single run on eight hits over six innings to go with eight strikeouts. He was charged with six runs, seven hits and two walks.

Tillman was removed after hitting Jackie Bradley Jr. with a pitch. Many wondered why the Red Sox were going to rely on an aging designated hitter coming off a down year. The 25-year old third baseman is locked in, driving in eight runs in his last seven games including two RBI's in Friday's loss to Boston, and he is now hitting.316 with three homers and eight RBI's on the season.

The Orioles (5-8) find themselves 5.5-games behind the 'Sox after their incredible start to the 2018 campaign, so to pull a few of those back right away would be ideal. They own a 4.60 team ERA, positioning them 22nd in the Majors. The issue is that Bundy, as good as he is, doesn't get any run support, as the O's have only scored six total runs in Bundy's three starts this season.

Martinez added an RBI single in the sixth inning, and finished batting three-for-five with two RBI's.

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Alex Cobb (0-1) was roughed up in his Orioles debut, giving up eight runs - seven earned - in 3⅔ innings. Mark Trumbo is 5 for 23 with three RBI's against Sale, while Chris Davis is 2 for 18, and Manny Machado is 5 for 14.

Andrew Benintendi also had three RBIs, and J.D. The 30-year old slugger has developed into an elite hitter, and he is now hitting.250 with two homers and 11 RBI's on the season.

BC-BBA-Orioles-Red Sox, 556 Nunez hits 3-run HR, Red Sox top Orioles 7-3 for 11-2 startAP Photo MACK112, MACK101, MACK104, MACK103, MACK102, MACK107, MACK105, MACK108, MACK106, MACK114, MACK115, MACK118Eds: APNewsNow.

BC-BBA-Orioles-Red Sox, 589Red Sox extend best start in 118-year history, beat O's 3-1AP Photo MASR106, MASR103, MASR102Eds: APNewsNow. With this victory, Boston reached 11-2 to equal the 1918 club that went on to win the World Series. The team has a slash-line of.313/.392/.523 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

13-3 in Sale's last 16 starts against a team with a losing record. His first real game didn't go as planned. He already had one injury scare this month, missing Friday's game against the Orioles after taking a fastball to his wrist against NY. Chris Sale has dominated in his three starts this season, conceding only two runs in his 17 innings logged, and he features a dazzling 2.88 ERA career ERA against the Orioles. The Orioles' offense goes as far as Machado takes them, and the Red Sox starting pitching can't give up homer after homer to him like they did previous year.

Boston has posted 29.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 30.8 over its last five. He recorded three starts against Baltimore a year ago and assembled a 3-0 record with a 2.05 ERA and 33 strikeouts.

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