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Saturday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Red Sox, 1:10

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It’ll be a tough test for young left-hander Zac Lowther today as he faces the Red Sox on the road in Boston.

Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles
Orioles left-hander Zac Lowther delivers a pitch against the Royals at Camden Yards on September 6, 2021.
Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Birds fell to the Red Sox in last night’s series opener by a score of 7-1. It was Baltimore’s 100th loss of 2021. Chris Sale was better than Keegan Akin and held the O’s lineup to one run in five innings of work. On the bright side, Austin Hays stayed hot at the plate, blasting his 21st home run of the season. He’s hitting .319/.354/.681 in his past 25 games.

In today’s afternoon tilt, Zac Lowther gets the start for Baltimore. It’s been a tough transition to the majors for the young left-hander, as he’s struggled to a 9.92 ERA in 16.1 total innings this year. He was solid two starts ago against the Royals, throwing six innings of one-run baseball. But in his most recent start, Lowther gave up seven runs to the Blue Jays in two innings.

The Red Sox will counter with starter Nick Pivetta. In his first full season with Boston, the 28-year-old right-hander has a 4.55 ERA, 4.32 FIP, and 1.32 WHIP in 140.1 innings. He’s started three games against the O’s this year and has won all three. That includes a 3.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Most recently, he held the White Sox to one run in five-plus frames.

Orioles lineup

  1. Cedric Mullins CF
  2. Ryan Mountcastle 1B
  3. Anthony Santander LF
  4. Austin Hays RF
  5. DJ Stewart DH
  6. Pat Valaika 2B
  7. Kelvin Gutíerrez 3B
  8. Richie Martin SS
  9. Austin Wynns C

LHP Zac Lowther

Red Sox lineup

  1. Enrique Hernández CF
  2. Hunter Renfroe RF
  3. Rafael Devers 3B
  4. Xander Bogaerts SS
  5. J.D. Martinez DH
  6. Kyle Schwarber LF
  7. Bobby Dalbec 1B
  8. Christian Vázquez C
  9. José Iglesias 2B

RHP Nick Pivetta