Banged up as they might be, at least the Orioles are limping into Monday’s day off with a win.
Sunday’s 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, which salvaged a series split and pulled the Orioles back to .500 at 14-14, was powered by a pair of productive swings by Rio Ruiz but might prove Pyrrhic considering the injury toll.
Their starting battery left with the training staff early, with Wade LeBlanc pulling himself four batters into the game with left elbow soreness and catcher Pedro Severino limping on a single to lead off the seventh inning. He left the game with right hip flexor tightness, the team said.
Whatever long-term affect comes from those early exits will be dealt with after the Orioles do a bit of exhaling, with Sunday’s and Saturday night’s extra-inning victory steadying their season after a six-game losing streak.