July 26, 2018 / 2:36 AM / a year ago

Rain washes away Red Sox's 5-0 lead at Baltimore

EditorsNote: update 3: Fixes to Wednesday in lede

Mother Nature did the Red Sox no favors Wednesday, wiping away a five-run lead in what became a rainout at Baltimore, leaving Boston manager Alex Cora fuming.

The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 11.

The Red Sox led the Orioles 5-0 in the second inning when play was halted due to rain. The umpires waited 2 hours, 33 minutes before calling the game because it was still pouring.

“It happens two days ago, a rain delay with two outs in the first inning, and it happened again tonight,” Cora said. “I’m not happy about it. I’m annoyed about the whole three-game series. Honestly it was tough. Rick (Porcello) had to wait for a while in a game (Monday) that with two outs in the first inning there was a rain delay. It was a tough one.

“We’ll turn the page, show up tomorrow and do what we do.”

Asked how the Orioles should have handled the situation with rain approaching Wednesday night, Cora said the game never should have been started. Instead, he lost a start from left-hander David Price.

Back-to-back homers in the first inning from Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez gave Boston a 2-0 lead.

In the second, Mookie Betts hit a three-run homer. One batter later, the game was stopped because of the rain.

“I feel for the team, actually,” Cora said. “I don’t care about the home runs. I mean, we have a 5-0 lead and one of the horses on the mound. It’s not that it’s a guaranteed win, but we know where we’re at.”

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