3 takeaways from the Red Sox 8-1 loss to Baltimore

Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez second from left waits on the mound to be relieved by manager Alex Cora after giving up a two-run home run to Baltimore Orioles' Dwight Smith Jr. during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston Friday

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The Orioles now lead the Red Sox 2-0 in the third.

The Boston Red Sox will host the Baltimore Orioles today, with an 11:05 AM first pitch as part of the annual Patriots' Day festivities in Boston. They also tied the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies after allowing a home run for the 16th consecutive game to start the season.

Boston's four runs came exclusively from Xander Bogaerts.

Means worked effectively in the first inning against the Red Sox, producing two swinging strikeouts to lead things off.

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Unfortunately, the O's offense struggled against David Price on Sunday afternoon.

These teams were certainly easier opponents for the Red Sox, and while the team still needs time to get back into their groove, it was reassuring to watch them find their footing.

The Orioles are 18-46 in their last 64 games overall and are 26-79 in their last 105 road games. Davis sprayed the ball all over the field Saturday, driving doubles toward both left and right field in subsequent at-bats to finish 3-for-5 and showing flashes of the Chris Davis who hit.286/.370/.634 with 53 homers, 138 RBIs and 6.5 WAR in 2013. In fact, the Sox bullpen gave up seven runs. Straily owns a 4.68 ERA, which isn't good, but his SIERA of 5.05 is worse, indicating that he's due for even worse regression.

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