07/21 15:05 CDT Wojciechowski starts 1-hitter as Orioles blank Red Sox 5-0
Wojciechowski starts 1-hitter as Orioles blank Red Sox 5-0
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) --- Asher Wojciechowski took an unlikely no-hitter into the
seventh inning, Trey Mancini homered twice off Andrew Cashner and the Baltimore
Orioles beat Boston 5-0 Sunday to win their first series from the Red Sox in 11
tries since 2017.
Making his 15th career start, Wojciechowski came in with a 6.49 career ERA and
was facing the highest-scoring team in the majors. The 30-year-old responded
with the best outing of his life, allowing one hit over 7 1/3 innings and
finishing with a career-high 10 strikeouts.
Rafael Devers led off the seventh with a double off the right-field wall to
break up Wojciechowski's bid, but the right-hander bounced back to get three
successive outs. Prior to the seventh, the only baserunner against him was
Brock Holt, who was hit by a pitch in the third and drew a walk in the sixth.
Although Wojciechowski had never gone more than six innings in his 14 previous
major league starts, he was sent out for the eighth inning. He retired the
first batter, issued a walk and was pulled after his 105th pitch.
Paul Fry got the final two outs in the eighth and Mychal Givens worked the
ninth to complete the one-hitter and end Boston's run of 81 games without being
blanked. It was also the first time in 11 games the Red Sox failed to hit a
After pitching previously for eight different organizations and spending all of
last season in the minor leagues, Wojciechowski (1-3) earned his first victory
since Aug. 8, 2017, when he beat San Diego as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.
Many in the crowd of 18,173 --- even many of the Boston fans --- vigorously
applauded his performance as he walked toward the dugout.
The last-place Orioles took two of three from the Red Sox, who were 8-0-2 in
series against Baltimore since September 2017. Boston lost only one of its
previous 11 series at Camden Yards, dating back to May 2016.
Facing his former team just eight days after being traded to Boston, Cashner
(9-5) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings to fall to 0-2 with the Red
Sox. Mancini hit a solo shot in the first inning and a two-run drive in the
Jonathan Villar added a solo shot off Heath Hembree in the eighth.
Now 5-5 since the All-Star break, the defending World Series champions can only
hope to generate momentum over the next couple of weeks. Boston's next 14 games
are against the two teams ahead of them in the AL East, the Yankees and Tampa
FAREWELL TO KEON
The Orioles designated OF Keon Broxton for assignment after he batted .204 in
37 games since being obtained in a May 22 trade with the Mets. In need of a
reliever to fill out a depleted bullpen, Baltimore called up Brandon Kline and
removed Broxton from the 25-man roster. "I hate to see Keon go," manager
Brandon Hyde said. "He's such a weapon defensively and on the bases. I'm sure
he'll get picked up by somebody."
Red Sox: INF Michael Chavis was not in the starting lineup after leaving with
back spasms on Saturday night. "Doing all right," Chavis said before the game.
Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (knee) will come off the IL on Tuesday to face Arizona
on Tuesday night. He missed one start. ... C Pedro Severino played for the
first time in a week after battling an illness.
Red Sox: The Red Sox get to cool off under a dome on Monday night when LHP
Eduardo Rodriguez (11-4, 4.34 ERA) helps open a three-game series against Rays.
Orioles: A reunion with longtime OF Adam Jones is on tap when Baltimore and RHP
Aaron Brooks (2-3, 4.69) take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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