-- Lost in the Orioles' 8-2 win over the
on Saturday afternoon was another quality start from right-hander
Hammel came into Saturday's game with a 0-2 career record with a 6.14 ERA against the Red Sox, but he managed to shut Boston down, rebounding from a 26-pitch first inning to open the game with six shutout innings, allowing just two hits . The Red Sox scored two off Hammel in the second.
The outing followed one in which he allowed just five hits and two runs over six innings in a hard-luck loss to the
"[My] two-seamer was running a lot [Saturday], but I still had a pretty good feel for it," Hammel said. "I just focused on being down in the zone. They're a pretty patient ballclub and they have a tight zone. I threw too many pitches early again, and I really wanted to get through the seventh. Obviously, the run support's nice and I really wanted to give the bullpen a night off after [the 13-inning game] [Friday night] ."
Hammel has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his six starts this year, the longest streak by an Orioles starter to open the season since Jay Tibbs (May 24-June 21, 1989).
But Hammel's string of starts allowing two-or-fewer runs dates back eight starts counting he final month of last season with Colorado.
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton threw 47 pitches in a batting practice session at the Orioles'
"He felt good physically," Showalter said.
The 24-year-old, who has spent the entire season rehabbing his left shoulder in Sarasota, is slated to start in extended spring training games on May 15 and 21 and he could see a minor-league rehab start as soon as May 26.
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