Game over: Orioles 4, Red Sox 1
The Red Sox - Pedroia, Ortiz and Gonzalez - go down in order against sinker-balling reliever Jim Johnson, who earned his 16th save. The game was played before 25,171 in 2:57. Matusz improved to 4-4 and Doubront fell to 4-2.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 1: Oops. Matt Albers had strung together 11-1/3 scoreless and hitless innings against Baltimore until Wilson Betemit stroked a two-run homer to right with Wieters (walk) aboard. So much for keeping things close.
Top 8th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Time is running out on the Red Sox. Pedro Strop gave up a walk to Daniel Nava, but retired everyone else around him including Scott Podsednik, wearing No. 26, who pinch hit for Marlon Byrd.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Doubront is out after six after throwing 108 pitches. he struck out a career-high nine and walked two, allowed four hits, two runs in six innings. Franklin Morales came on and allowed a single to Chris Davis. Morales balked as he made a move to home before throwing to first. Davis advanced to second base. After Tollelson walked, Matt Albers came on and struck out Robert Andino and J.J; Hardy to retire the side.
Top 7th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Red Sox have to be happy that Matusz reached his pitch limit - 101 - after he struck out Adrian Gonzalez for his ninth whiff of the game. He allowed two hits and one run - the Youk homer. He had Red Sox hitters shaking their collective heads going back to the dugout. Sidearmer Darren O'Day came on. He struck out Youk and Middlebrooks.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Quite a pitchers duel between young lefties. Doubront struck out the side after allowing a leadoff single to Nick Markakis. He has nine strikeouts.
Top 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: When we previewed the Orioles series from Philadelphia, the one pitcher Ortiz dreaded facing was Matusz. Now we can see why. Matusz has struck him out twice and got him to fly out to right. Coming in Ortiz was 1 for 10 against him. Mike Aviles also struck out as Matusz retired the side in order for the fourth time.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Doubront is humming. He has retired seven straight.
Top 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Matusz retired the side featuring a pair of strikeouts by Saltalamacchia and Byrd.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Nice quick inning for Doubront, who got Betemit to pop foul to first, Davis to tap back to the mound, and he struck out Tolleson swinging on a nasty slider.
Top 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: They weren't saying "Boooo!" they were saying "Yoooouk!" Kevin Youkilis returned from the DL and hit a solo homer to center field. Youkilis is playing first base tonight to keep Will Middlebrooks' hot bat in the lineup with Adrian Gonzalez moving to right field.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0: Doubront gets two quick outs and then allowed a single to Adam Jones, but he struck out the rough and tough Wieters.
Top 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0: The Sox go down in order against Matusz, who has won three of his last four starts. In his first eight starts, Matusz has held lefties to a .143 average.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0: Steve Tolleson, of all people, homered with Wilson Betemit aboard (walk) to give the Orioles the early lead. Doubront has little bumps in the road that he can't seem to get over.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: The Sox got two on base - Adrian Gonzalez with a single to left and Jarrod Saltalamacchia with a two-out walk. But Matusz struck out Daniel Nava to end the threat.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: One thing Felix Doubront needs to learn is to avoid tedious innings. After a strikeout to Robert Andino to lead off the first, J.J. Hardy walked and Nick Markakis singled to center. But Doubront bounced back by striking out Adam Jones and retiring the tough Matt Wieters on a flyball.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: Mike Aviles led off against lefty Brian Matusz with a fly ball to right. Dustin Pedroia grounded out weakly to third base. David Ortiz struck out swinging.