Red Sox 10, Orioles 3: Boston secures best ever start

It was a dubious start for Cobb, who faced nothing comparable to a big league lineup in four tuneup outings - three simulated games and an extended spring game - let alone a Red Sox batting order that has allowed few pitching mistakes go unpunished in the first two games of this four-game series at Fenway Park.

Rafael Devers went 3-for-5 and scored twice for the Red Sox, who are 11-2 for the first time since 1918.

The highly-anticipated Orioles debut of starting pitcher Alex Cobb comes Saturday in Fenway as he makes his first start of the 2018 season. Bundy was sharp in his latest effort, holding the Blue Jays to only two runs in seven strong innings, finishing with the no decision in a game the Orioles lost.

Schoop was off to a slow start in 2018 with a.230/.266/.344 slash line and one home run in 14 games.

In the third inning, J.D. Martinez connected on his third homer of the season and his first to right field at Fenway.

One was that the club desperately needed a reliable starter on a shaky staff.

The Red Sox are coming off a statement series against the Yankees, where they took two out of three games. On Friday, Machado had a hit and two RBI.

- Swihart also had a fine day, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

But the Boston Red Sox offense is looking like one of the best in all of Major League Baseball.

As for Xander Bogaerts (ankle), Cora said the shortstop is feeling better and will "most likely" travel with the team on the nine-game road trip that starts Tuesday at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Orioles are 5-9 SU and have gone 6-7 ATS. The team's hit.297/.386/.477 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

But Cobb is more than ready to credit the Red Sox hitters. The action will begin at 1:05 p.m. ET and New England Sports Network will be showing the game.

13-3 in Sale's last 16 starts against a team with a losing record.

Boston's hitters are putting up 5.8 runs per contest, including 5.9 per game against divisional foes and 8.4 per game over their last five. The 29-year-old allowed one run on three hits while striking out three. They scored three in the first before making an out. Machado is slashing.316/.409/.544 with 18 hits, eight RBIs and six runs scored, while Alvarez (.250/.444/.500) is up to five hits, five RBIs and four runs scored.

Chris Sale has shut down the Orioles in his career and Dylan Bundy was solid against Boston last season.

The Orioles are 8-23 in their last 31 in game two of a series and 0-7 in their last seven Saturday games.

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