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Red Sox place Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) on 10-day DL

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Kristopher Love | 04 June, 2017, 03:51

Reigning AL Cy Young victor Rick Porcello, fell to 4-10 against Baltimore.

It's a good thing, too, because the 2016 AL Cy Young Award victor got a whole lot sharper as the game wore on.

The Red Sox missed out on a chance to pick up ground on Friday night with a 3-2 defeat at Baltimore that saddled the team with back to back losses.

In games like Friday's loss, when the Red Sox managed to stroke only four hits, someone needs to step and deliver in a big spot. It marked just the fourth time in the past 20 games that Baltimore (5-14 in its previous 19 contests) jumped out to a lead in the opening frame. "When he came in, he was very forthright on what took place", Farrell said.

Porcello labored through a 31-pitch first inning, which proved costly, especially with the two homers he allowed. "That kind of set the tone, so I've got to be better early".

While Asher had two starts April 15 and May 2, but didn't win either one, they put him back in the bullpen in between the two outings. Four of the eight hits he gave up were home runs.

"If the game situation calls for that, we'll certainly do that", Farrell said. "But winning the game, that's the No. 1 goal".

Brad Brach, the third Baltimore reliever, got three straight outs for his 11th save in 14 tries.

This is a huge blow to the Red Sox starting rotation.

Asher said his shaky effort versus the Astros gave him some motivation for this start, and that certainly paid off. "That ball is way up there, but I think it kind of messed me up for the rest of the game - trying to do a little too much when that was a ideal swing that I did. Now it's just a little bit of discomfort".

His solo shot off of Alec Asher got the Red Sox on the board in the third inning. With the off day on Monday, the Red Sox have the ability to do that.

Mychal Givens relieved Asher with one out in the seventh and allowed an RBI single to Bradley but got the final two outs.

Leading things off: Before Machado could dent an advertisement in left field, Smith started off the Orioles' half of the first inning with a home run of his own. The righty has gotten solid results this year, as he did last year, and did throw some impressive pitches in this game. Joseph was tagged out on the play.

The Red Sox placed starter Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee subluxation) on the disabled list Friday.

Rodriguez, 24, is 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 games, 10 of them starts.

Turns out, the tumble Rodriguez took before the game was not so harmless. The lefty is 6-0 in 10 career starts at Camden Yards.

In the second game of the series, Orioles right-hander Alex Asher (1-3, 3.77 ERA) will get another opportunity to show he can be part of the rotation.

He'd been 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA.