BALTIMORE (AP) — David Price allowed four hits before a rainstorm stopped play for good after six innings, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.
Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and drove in four runs for the Red Sox, who swept the two-game series to climb past the Orioles into second place in the AL East.
Baltimore had been in first or second place since opening day. The Orioles’ 39-19 home record is the best in the AL, but they are 2-4 against Boston at Camden Yards.
Price (11-8) was cruising until a driving storm stopped play. The game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 17 minutes.
Price struck out four and walked none to earn his second victory in seven starts since July 10. The only run he allowed came on a second-inning homer by Chris Davis.
Baltimore rookie Dylan Bundy (6-4) entered with three straight wins and a 2.93 ERA, but the right-hander yielded five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings to the highest-scoring team in the majors.
Orioles nemesis Mookie Betts went 2 for 3 with a walk and scored three runs. Betts is batting .440 with eight homers, 19 runs scored and 17 RBIs in 12 games against Baltimore this season.
The game turned in the third inning with the score tied at 1. Bundy awkwardly toppled off the mound chasing a grounder to the right side and appeared to twist his right ankle. He declared himself OK after taking a few warmup pitches, and play resumed with two outs and the bases empty.
Bundy issued a two-out walk to Betts on a 3-2 count, and Bradley followed with a drive that cleared the wall in center field.
Sandy Leon hit a two-run shot in the fifth and Bradley doubled in two runs in the sixth against Tyler Wright.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez showed no lingering effects from the left hamstring tightness that forced him to leave Tuesday’s game. “At this point, we’re planning on him starting on Sunday,” manager John Farrell said. … RHP Steven Wright (right shoulder strain) will have a bullpen session Saturday before coming off the DL on Tuesday.
Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (shoulder soreness) remains on course to start Saturday after being pushed back from Wednesday, manager Buck Showalter said. … OF Joey Rickard (thumb ligament) will be in a splint for 2-3 more weeks before starting baseball activities.
Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-9, 5.66) makes his 14th start of the season Thursday afternoon in the opener of a four-game series in Detroit.
Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (3-10, 4.04) heads to the mound to help launch a four-game series against the visiting Houston Astros.
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