BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox fell to their first 0-3 start at Fenway Park since 1948 and their second ever, as Trey Mancini and Austin Hays hit two-run doubles during a seven-run third inning that carried the Baltimore Orioles to an 11-3 win Sunday.
Cedric Mullins went 5 for 5 with three doubles and walk for the Orioles, collecting four hits in the first four innings. Maikel Franco added a first-inning, two-run double, helping Baltimore to its first three-game sweep at Fenway since Aug. 25-27, 2017.
Boston is coming off a 24-36 record that was its worst winning percentage since 1965.
The Red Sox lost their first four home games in 1948, then rebounded to tie Cleveland for first place at 96-58 before losing a tiebreaker playoff.
Making just his third major league appearance, Baltimore left-hander Bruce Zimmerman gave up three runs and four hits in six innings, with five strikeouts and one walk, for his first MLB victory.
J.D. Martinez had a solo homer and an RBI double for the Red Sox.
Boston starter Garrett Richards was chased with no outs in the third after loading the bases. He was charged with six runs and seven hits.
Richards loaded the bases with two walks and a single before Josh Taylor relieved. Freddy Galvis drew a four-pitch walk, and Hays doubled to left.
Three batters later, Mancini doubled to center. Taylor threw a run-scoring wild pitch and gave up Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI single.
Taylor faced eight batters and got just two outs – both strikeouts. He gave up five hits and four runs.
Boston right-hander Garrett Whitlock pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut, striking out five.
Red Sox Manager Alex Cora said before the game that Mancini should be the Comeback Player of the Year.
Mancini missed the 2020 season because of Stage 3 colon cancer. He completed six months of chemotherapy and returned in spring training.
“He should be the Comeback Player of the Year, regardless,” Cora said. “He could hit .330 or .180, and he’s the Comeback Player of the Year already. I know there are other guys coming back from injury, but to comeback from that is amazing.”
Orioles: Hays left the game because of right hamstring discomfort after sliding into second base. … Manager Brandon Hyde said right-hander Shawn Armstrong could be activated from the paternity list on Monday. The pitcher’s wife, Sarah, gave birth to a baby boy Wednesday.
Red Sox: Cora said before the game that “everything is trending that he’ll be with us” about lefty starter Eduardo Rodríguez, who started the season on the injured list because of left elbow inflammation. Rodríguez pitched a simulated game Friday at the club’s new Triple-A facility in Worcester, Mass.