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Buchholz, Red Sox top Orioles 11-0 in Samuel debut

Baltimore Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel, right, exchanges lineups with Boston Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, left, before the start of a baseball game, Friday, June 4, 2010, in Baltimore. Baltimore Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel, right, exchanges lineups with Boston Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, left, before the start of a baseball game, Friday, June 4, 2010, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
By David Ginsburg
AP Sports Writer / June 4, 2010

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BALTIMORE—Clay Buchholz pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout, Marco Scutaro homered and scored three runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-0 Friday night to ruin the managerial debut of Juan Samuel.

Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Beltre also homered for the Red Sox, who have won six straight on the road.

Buchholz (8-3) walked one and struck out two in his third career complete game and first shutout since he no-hit the Orioles on Sept. 1, 2007. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 0.99 ERA in his last five starts and has won nine successive starts on the road, a streak that began last August.

Samuel was hired as Baltimore's interim manager Friday morning after the team fired Dave Trembley. In explaining the move, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he was "hoping to ignite a spark."

It didn't happen against the Red Sox, who led 3-0 after one inning and 7-0 after four.

Orioles starter Chris Tillman (0-1) allowed seven of the 11 batters he faced to reach base. The right-hander yielded four runs, five hits and two walks in 1 1-3 innings, the shortest outing by an Orioles starter this season.

Despite the change in managers, the Orioles experienced a familiar sensation in the top of the first. After Boston used a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs, Victor Martinez hit a run-scoring grounder and J.D. Drew followed with a two-run double.

Baltimore has been outscored 40-18 in the first inning this season.

The second inning wasn't much better. Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI single to chase Tillman and make it 4-0.

Youkilis connected off Mark Hendrickson with two on and two outs in the fourth. All the runs were unearned because Orioles catcher Matt Wieters let a third strike slip through to the screen, a passed ball that allowed Bill Hall to reach first.

Beltre greeted Matt Albers by hitting his seventh homer leading off the fifth, and Scutaro hit a solo shot in the eighth to make it 9-0.

NOTES: Jon Lester, 10-0 lifetime against Baltimore, will start for Boston on Saturday night. ... Baltimore 3B Miguel Tejada has gone 127 at-bats without a homer, the second-longest drought of his career. ... Boston OF Jeremy Hermida left the game with a bruised left forearm. ... Orioles first base coach John Shelby missed the game to attend his daughter's high school graduation. He was replaced by bench coach Jeff Datz. ... Boston starters have gone at least six innings in six straight games. ... One-fourth of Buchholz's 20 career wins have come against Baltimore.

(This version CORRECTS Red Sox 11, Orioles 0. corrects headline to 5-hitter.)

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