BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox's potent offense flashed its firepower Wednesday, providing David Price with more than enough run support in a rain-shortened 8-1 win over the Orioles to win the two-game series at Camden Yards. The game was called after six innings and a one-hour, 17-minute rain delay.
With their sixth straight victory, the Red Sox move past the Orioles for sole possession of second place in the American League East, a game back of the Blue Jays. Baltimore, meanwhile, falls two games back in the division and is in third place for the first time this season. Both teams currently hold the two AL Wild Card spots.
"I mean, it's so close, the separation between the teams," O's slugger Chris Davis said of dropping to third. "It's going to be all the way down the stretch. I think that's a given. Every year it seems like the division is always separated by one or two games. The important part is to keep going. There is still plenty of time left."
Jackie Bradley Jr., who finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs, gave the Red Sox a 3-1 edge with a two-run blast in the third inning and Sandy Leon added a deep two-run homer to right field in the fifth to help chase rookie Dylan Bundy from the game. Bundy, who exited after allowing a one-out double in the fifth, allowed a career-high five runs.
Price, meanwhile, looked like the ace Boston hoped would carry them down the stretch. He limited the Orioles to one run, a solo shot by Davis in the second, over six innings of work. Price allowed just four hits while striking out four.
"That was one of the two teams in front of us before we came here," said Price. "For us to come in here and win two, that's always good."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bradley belts No. 20:Mookie Betts isn't the only Boston outfielder who is in the midst of a breakout season from a power standpoint. Bradley smoked No. 20, a two-run shot to center, in the top of the third. Bradley entered the season with 14 homers in 700 career at-bats.
"Twenty home runs," said Bradley. "That's the most I've ever had at any level, and what's better than to do it at the top level." More >
Bundy off his game: Bundy has been terrific since the O's moved him into the starting rotation. In his past five starts before Wednesday, he was 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA. But Boston hit Bundy hard. The rookie allowed a career-high nine hits -- four more than he had allowed in any other appearance. To make matters worse, Bundy rolled his right ankle in the third inning while trying to field a grounder, though he said after the game he thinks he'll be fine. He surrendered four of his five runs after that play.
"He made a couple mistakes, but I think it was more about them than him," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I thought the command was a little off. He got some counts he normally doesn't get in." More >
Sandy's surge continues Perhaps it's time to stop waiting for Leon to come back to earth. Leon continues to be a force offensively, and he unloaded for a two-run shot to right that was projected by Statcast™ to land 443 feet away from home plate. It was Leon's sixth homer of the season, as he raised his average to .386.
"Sandy just keeps rolling along," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Davis reaches Eutaw St.: Davis blasted a home run onto Eutaw Street for the first time this season when he crushed a first-pitch changeup down the right-field line in the second inning. According to Statcast™, the ball had an exit velocity of 109 mph and was projected to land 391 feet away from home plate. It was the 86th time a player has hit a homer onto Eutaw Street and the 38th by an Oriole. Davis has the most all-time by any player with nine.
"The past couple of years, I really feel like he's thrown me a lot of changeups," Davis said. "It's been a really good pitch for him. I was fortunate enough to see a lot of his pitches with [Steve] Pearce having a long at-bat right ahead of me. I just went out there and looked for pitch up and got a pitch I could drive."
"I guess our mantra is on to the next city." -- Farrell, on the Red Sox, who won in Boston Sunday, Cleveland on Monday, Baltimore on Tuesday and Wednesday, and start a four-game series in Detroit on Thursday
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS David Ortiz's RBI double was the 1,734 RBI of his career, moving him into sole possession of 22nd place all-time. He surpassed Honus Wagner.
WHAT'S NEXT Red Sox: Right-hander Clay Buchholz makes his second start in place of Steven Wright, who is recovering from a right shoulder injury. Buchholz gave up four hits and three runs over 4 1/3 innings and 71 pitches Saturday against the D-backs. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET.
Orioles:Kevin Gausman (3-10, 4.04 ERA) will get the ball in Thursday's series opener against Houston at 7:05 p.m. In a start against the Astros on May 26, Gausman allowed four runs in five innings in a losing effort. He's pitched well at home, going 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA in eight starts.