Eduardo Rodriguez holds Orioles to one hit, Red Sox take series finale

Following anger at Baltimroe third baseman Manny Machado's slide into Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia's knee, Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes threw a fastball in the eighth inning of Sunday's game that almost hit Machado square in the head.

The weekend's series between the Orioles and Red Sox almost escalated on Sunday after a pitch at Manny Machado's head sparked yelling from across the dugouts.

Pedroia said he doesn't believe Barnes was trying to hit Machado in the head, but seemed to concede that there was an intent to send a message. Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody's head.

Pedroia was forced to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning against the Orioles when he was spiked in the left calf by Manny Machado. Machado's spikes clearly went high on Pedroia, but he immediately apologized and checked on Pedroia.

Machado attempted to break Pedroia's fall, but the four-time AL All-Star crumbled to the ground. You don't have to be a master lip-reader to figure out that he was telling Machado he did not agree with his teammate's decision.

An animated Pedroia appears to tell Machado "that's bulls-t.I know that".

After the game, which Boston won 6-2, Pedroia told reporters he was unhappy with the way Barnes handled himself.

"Obviously, putting yourself in a hole right out of the gate is not how you want to start off a game". He just made a bad slide.

"That's on them", Machado said.


Pedroia: "That's not how you do that".

Adam Jones, who singled in the eighth inning, has hit safely in eight of his past nine games.

"There was zero intention of him trying to hurt me". "I've turned double plays in the big leagues for 11 years".

He stayed calm when the Red Sox wronged him.

When asked for his own thoughts after the play, Pedroia said: "I'm not the baseball police, man". Farrell on Saturday called the league office to discuss about what he called "an illegal slide" by Machado. "If they tell me, 'Don't do this or that, ' I'm going to listen to them because they've been around the game and they've seen things I haven't seen".

Mychal Givens pitched two flawless innings, Donnie Hart got two outs in the ninth and Darren O'Day finished for his first save.

Barnes denied he was trying to hit Machado, but everyone knows otherwise.

But Machado, who once threw a bat at Fernando Abad, knows what his reputation is in this game.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter appeared reluctant to criticize the Red Sox, but said, "The courage it takes not to retaliate a lot of times in life is a lot more challenging than doing what ended up happening today".


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