BALTIMORE (AP) — Scott Feldman hopes Friday night's rough start won't be his last in a Baltimore Orioles uniform.
Feldman allowed eight runs and failed to finish the third inning in the worst of his 15 starts with the Orioles, a 12-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
"I hope that they want me back," Feldman said. "I really like the guys in here and the coaching staff's been great so, yeah, see what happens, but I hope so."
Feldman (5-6), eligible to become a free agent this offseason, was acquired in midseason trade from the Chicago Cubs. Before Friday, he had pitched at least five innings and surrendered no more than three runs in his previous eight starts, posting a 2.08 ERA in that stretch.
He finishes with a 4.27 ERA for the Orioles after a 7-6 record and 3.46 ERA in 15 starts with the Cubs.
"He's a pro," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It hurts to see him finish the season like that, but knowing Scott, it will drive him even more. He's going to be 31 years old next year and he's a guy whose statistics have come over to the American League just like they were in the National League. He's going to be somebody that people are going to want, including us."
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 53rd homer in the sixth for the Orioles, who have lost seven of nine and are 2-2 on their season-ending six-game homestand. Adam Jones hit a two-run drive in the third for his career-high 33rd home run and 108th RBI.
Those were just the third and fourth home runs allowed in 16 starts by Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz (12-1), who gave up three runs over seven innings as the AL East champions moved closer to securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
But Buchholz was never seriously tested after taking the mound with a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Daniel Nava and David Ortiz hit three-run homers for Boston, which led 8-0 by the third inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a three-run drive overturned in a video review, the last batter Feldman faced before leaving after 2 1-3 innings.