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Red Sox lose series to last-place Orioles with 10-0 Memorial Day beat

Four steps forward, one step back.

After winning four straight series, the Red Sox looked set to continue their climb up the American League playoff table with two series against last-place teams at home before embarking on a west coast road trip.

But after losing three games in five games over the weekend, including a collapse last Friday night and capped by a 10-0 Memorial Day loss on Monday against the lowly Orioles, the Red Sox could not continue their momentum. . A day after hitting five homers, the Red Sox looked lifeless in their most lopsided loss of the season.

At least most of the attention in the city, for now, remains on the Celtics, who start the NBA Finals this Thursday.

Rich Hill continued their recent slide with another forgettable performance, giving up six earned runs in four innings, while the offense produced their worst performance in more than a month as they were ruled out for the first time since their loss 8-0 against the Angels. May 5. The Red Sox are down three games below .500 and 10 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Hill clearly didn’t have it on the first pitch in Monday’s loss. His control was off as he hit Austin Hays with the first pitch of the game before Trey Mancini swung on a fastball, drilling it to the center for a triple RBI as the O’s struck first.

Hill’s lack of command actually contributed to an out, as a pitch got Christian Vazquez but bounced hard enough for the catcher to corral it and throw Mancini to the plate, where the 42-year-old rushed for the ‘label.

It was pretty much the only highlight of her Hill’s night.

The Orioles weren’t fooled by Hill. Eight of the 13 balls put into play against the southpaw were smoked with an exit speed of 99 mph or more. That included two home runs — Ryan Mountcastle’s solo shot in the first and Ramon Urias’ 422-foot homer from dead center — and another center field wall triple from Jorge Mateo.

Hill walked Mancini to start the fifth inning before Mountcastle ripped a baseline rule double down the left field line before Alex Cora had seen enough. Hirokazu Sawamura allowed both runs to score, putting the Red Sox in a 6-0 hole from which they couldn’t come close.

Hill’s ERA has gone from 2.89 to 4.85 in his last three starts, a streak in which he allowed 12 earned runs in 11 innings.

Orioles starter Tyler Wells silenced the recently surging Red Sox offense to just two hits in six innings. Xander Bogaerts provided Boston with its best chance against him with a two-out left double in the fourth, but Alex Verdugo blew away to end the inning.

Vazquez hit a one-out double in the eighth to continue his five-game hitting streak and recent hot streak, but Jackie Bradley Jr. pulled out and Kiké Hernandez came out. The Red Sox walked just once Monday night, and their four hits were the lowest since an April 28 loss to the Blue Jays. Rafael Devers was taken out, presumably to rest, in the eighth inning as the Red Sox never threatened. Matt Barnes sealed their fate by giving Anthony Santander a three-run homer in the ninth.