Machado homers, O's end strained series vs Red Sox with win

David Price threw a 50-pitch simulated game on Thursday, using all four of his pitches.

Then, Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts on Monday was hit by a pitch from the Orioles' Dylan Bundy.

That's what happened on Thursday as a hitting mat turned Fenway Park into a driving range for Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz.

Major League Baseball has decided not to suspend Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale for throwing a 98-mph fastball behind Orioles third baseman Manny Machado on Tuesday night at Fenway Park, ESPN.com reports. 4-5 in their last 9 games doesn't seem too bad, but all 9 games were at home.

Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said before the game that he hoped Sale would be suspended.

In the first inning of Tuesday's game at Fenway Park, Sale pitched a 98 miles per hour fastball towards the third baseman, prompting both sides to be warned.

Machado was not pleased with Sale and the Red Sox targeting him in his at-bats.

Although he went off on an expletive-filled rant earlier in the week about how he had lost respect for the Red Sox, he said he did not go slowly to rub it in.

"You have pitchers out there with f-ing balls in their hands throwing 100 miles per hour trying to hit people", Machado said.

"Well, let me say this: I think our players go out there and play hard every single day", he said. At least in comparison to the pitch Boston's Matt Barnes threw that sailed behind Machado's head one week prior in Baltimore. Commissioner Rob Manfred was in attendance Friday night and had to get personally involved to try to quell the feud. But Manfred believed the Red Sox-Orioles situation had devolved to where it was an issue of player safety. The two teams meet 10 more times this season.

Bogaerts' first-inning RBI single produced two runs as Hanley Ramirez astutely scored from first on the play when Bogaerts got caught in a pickle between first and second. The 28-year-old southpaw is no stranger to controversy.

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