The Orioles have now beaten the Sox in 10 of 14 meetings this season, continuing what has become a familiar theme in recent years. In 2009, the Sox went 16-2 against the Orioles.
But since the end of 2011, when a loss in Camden Yards knocked the Sox out of the postseason (the Curse of the Andino), the Sox are just 27-50 against Baltimore.
Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez gave his former team an eyeful Monday, striking out nine in 5⅓ innings.
But the Orioles touched him for a run in the first inning, Nolan Reimold singling and eventually scoring on an error by second baseman Josh Rutledge, then added a run against Boston's bullpen in the seventh, Adam Jones doubling off Jean Machi to score Chris Davis.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman held the Sox to two hits in six innings, singles by Xander Bogaerts and Pablo Sandoval in the fourth, when they loaded the bases but could not score. Rutledge singled in the eighth for Boston’s only other hit.
Mookie Betts’ 18-game hitting streak came to an end as he went 0-for-3 with a walk.