Red Sox throw behind Manny Machado's head, still lose series to Orioles

A tempestuous three-game series between the Red Sox and Baltimore wound up with Matt Barnes being ejected for throwing a fastball behind the head of Orioles star Manny Machado in Boston's 6-2 victory Sunday.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A spikes-high slide.

"Bottom line is this: If that slide [Friday] night is not deemed an illegal slide, we should just get rid of the rule", Farrell said. "I went and tried to grab him as soon as I can", Machado said. "If you're going to protect guys, you do it the right away". No matter what the circumstance, you don't throw near a hitter's head. He just made a bad slide and did hurt me.

"People are going to think what they want", Barnes said.

"As a player that doesn't have the most service time in this room, when a guy like Adam Jones tells me to do something or not to do something, I'm going to do (what he says)".

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

Baltimore rallied to load the bases with two outs in the sixth inning off Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez, but Trey Mancini grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

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Dustin Pedroia, still injured, apologized for something he didn't do.

"That's not how you do that", Pedroia told reporters.

The Red Sox also seemed to take their anger out on Manny Machado two days after his hard slide knocked Pedroia out of the series. "There was zero intention of (Machado) trying to hurt me". Barnes was replaced by Joe Kelly, who then gave up an RBI double to Machado. An earlier walk when starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was still in the game was on four pitches, with three of them floating well inside towards Machado's knees.

Gausman settled down in between, retiring 11 of the next 14 batters after Ramirez's homer, but that was a small consolation on a day when he hoped to wipe away the memory of Tuesday night's eight-run meltdown against the Cincinnati Reds.

The loss snapped the Orioles' (12-5) modest four-game win streak and denied the team an opportunity for a rare sweep of their American League East Division rivals at home.

But Machado, who once threw a bat at Fernando Abad, knows what his reputation is in this game. Obtained in the 2014 trade that sent Andrew Miller to the Orioles, Rodriguez is 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA in six career starts at Camden Yards.

Pablo Sandoval was forced from the game in the seventh inning after spraining his right knee. OF Joey Rickard (sprained finger) took soft-toss swings in a session manager Buck Showalter called "very encouraging". The Red Sox veteran has missed the last two games and will receive further testing in Boston on Monday.

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