The Orioles will play their final game Sunday, and a win would help them avoid a difficult milestone. Baltimore has lost 14 times to Boston this year and hasn't lost 15 games to any individual opponent since 1967. Detroit went 15-3 against the O's that year, and the 15-loss phenomenon has happened eight other times in franchise history.
Rookie Hayden Penn gets the ball in the finale, and he'll be matched up against a pitcher with even less experience. Penn has made 13 starts in the big leagues, and his Boston counterpart, Devern Hansack, has only made one. Penn left his last start early with a stiff back, but he said it was an isolated incident and doesn't seem concerned.
This series has been as one-sided as any in baseball during recent years. The Orioles are 3-14 against Boston this season and 50-73 against the Red Sox since the beginning of the 2000 season. Baltimore hasn't gotten the best of the Sox in a season series since 1996. Boston is 7-1 at Fenway Park this season against the Orioles.
BAL: RHP Hayden Penn (0-3, 13.76 ERA)
Penn has made five starts this season, but he's been knocked out before the fifth inning four times.
BOS: RHP Devern Hansack (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
Hansack lost to Toronto in his only outing, when he allowed three earned runs in five innings of work.
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Chris Gomez had three hits Saturday night and is riding a career-high 18-game hitting streak.
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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.