After a dominating performance for the Red Sox led by Mookie Betts and Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston looks to take the series tonight as Joe Kelly makes his third start since coming off of the disabled list. Kelly was done in by Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson, who roughed up the righty hurler in what was ultimately a no-decision, 7-5 loss last Friday night. On the season, Kelly is 2-0 with a 6.30 ERA, but has shown more swing-and-miss stuff since coming back from his shoulder injury, striking out 15 over 11.1 innings. On April 13, Kelly faced the Orioles and allowed 12 baserunners in five innings, but was still able to secure the victory.
The Baltimore Orioles will be sending Mike Wright to the mound, who has not been great this season. Wright is currently 2-3 with a 5.05 ERA, but he has gone at least five innings in three of his last four starts. In his last start, Wright went just 4.2 innings against the Cleveland Indians, allowing three runs and six hits in a no-decision effort.
Boston is looking to cement themselves as one of the better teams in all of baseball with this series, as the Baltimore Orioles were hot on the heels of the Red Sox in the American League East. However, after going 3-7 in their last 10 games, the Orioles are now three games back. With the Toronto Blue Jays 28-26 and 7-3 in their last 10 games, this may become a two-team division very soon.