Following anger at Baltimroe third baseman Manny Machado's slide into Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia's knee, Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes threw a fastball in the eighth inning of Sunday's game that almost hit Machado square in the head.
The Red Sox had some frustration to vent after losing the first two games of the series and veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia to a knee injury in Friday's opener.
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"To me, what I saw was, when (Machado) ducked out of the way, the ball hits the bat and is in fair territory", Farrell said.
While hitting Machado after he sidelined Pedroia was a foregone conclusion - with it appearing as though Eduardo Rodriguez attempted to execute the act in the sixth inning - the pitch from Barnes was out of line.
Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher ejected Barnes immediately. Strangely, the pitch he threw toward Machado was slower, at 90 miles per hour.
"You put yourself in a hole right out of the gate", Gausman said. Everyone saw the replay, they know on that slide, that's on them whatever happened today. "It's definitely a mishandled situation".
"You never want to get hit in the head. It's always me. Manny always does something wrong", Machado said.
"He was trying to take a four-seamer in and above his hands and the pitch got away from him", Farrell said.
"People are going to think what they want", Barnes said. That's baseball, man. I'm not mad at him.
The Orioles visit Fenway for a four-game series next week, May 1-4.
Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi opened the game with back-to-back singles, and Mookie Betts launched a three-run homer to left field.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1) allowed 1 hit over 6 innings, walking 5 and striking out 7. I'm going to keep doing me, keep playing baseball.
"I look at things through Orioles glasses, orange and black", Showalter told BaltimoreBaseball.com. On April 18, Gausman gave up eight runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings against Cincinnati, and he followed it with an very bad start against the Boston Red Sox.
Mitch Moreland also had a home run for the Red Sox, who came in with a major-league low eight home runs. Obtained in the 2014 trade that sent Andrew Miller to the Orioles, Rodriguez is 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA in six career starts at Camden Yards.
But Orioles first baseman Chris Davis thought the fastball was intentionally directed at Machado's head.
The Orioles added to their run total with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Hyun Soo Kim, who pinch-hit for lead-off hitter Craig Gentry the inning prior, singled to shortstop, scoring catcher Wellington Castillo.