Game over: Orioles 5, Red Sox 4
1-2-3 inning for Kevin Gregg as the Sox lose the first two games of the series. Their outstanding road swing to Oakland and Anaheim has hit a brick wall in Baltimore. Bard is 0-3.
Top of the 9th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 4
The not-so-great season of Daniel Bard continues as he allows an RBI single by Vlad Guerrero. Bard gave up three hits in the inning.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 4
Gonzalez had an RBI single and Youkilis a three-run homer as the Sox got to the Baltimore bullpen. Daniel Bard in after Wakefield held the O’s down. Brand new ballgame.
Top 7th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0
Guthrie’s line: 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 Ks. 1-2-3 inning for O’s. Tim Wakefield in for the first time since Patriots Day.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0
Beckett allowed a two-out double to Adam Jones, but got out of it. Like Clay Buchholz last night, if the Sox bats had done anything both pitchers could have won these games given how they pitched.
Top 6th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0
J.D. Drew sent one deep to center, but caught near the wall with David Ortiz aboard. Ortiz has a pair of hits. That was likely Guthrie’s last inning as he’s over 100 pitches.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0
O’s tacked on another one on Brian Roberts’s sacrifice fly. Wieters singled and was bunted to second by Andino. A wild pitch advanced the runners and Roberts drove in the run.
Top 5th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0
Jacoby Ellsbury stroked a double to left off Guthrie, but Dustin Pedroia lined a ball right at Guthrie, who made the grab in an act of self-defense. Hard-hit ball.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0
Beckett allowed two homers, a two-run blast that went 426 feet over the right-field fence. That was set up by a mishap in center where Derrek Lee’s pop fell between Ellsbury and Pedroia. That’s the center fielder’s ball. Adam Jones made it back-to-back when he stroked a home run to left on a 93-mile per hour fastball down the middle of the plate. The ball went just over Carl Crawford’s leap as a fan picked off the ball before Crawford could get to it.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
People may blame third base coach Tim Bogar for getting David Ortiz thrown out at the plate after a single to right by Jed Lowrie. But the way Crawford is going it might have been the end of the inning with the bases loaded anyway. The Sox did mount a nice two-out rally. Ortiz singled, Drew walked, and Lowrie stroked a single to right. Nick Markakis came up throwing and fired a strike to Wieters, who applied the tag to the tumbling Ortiz.
Bottom 3d: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Beckett has excellent fastball command down in the zone. Tough to get around on him. Great pitching to Matt Wieters, who had him 3-0. Beckett came back to strike him out. Got one fastball as high as 95 m.p.h., which is an encouraging sign. Beckett struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning.
Top 3d: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Jeremy Guthrie struck out the side. Guthrie has been a hard-luck pitcher so far – 1-3 with a 3.12 ERA in four starts. He’s throwing his fastball at 94-95.
Bottom 2d: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Easy-does it inning for Beckett. Hard-hit liner by Adam Jones was stabbed by Gonzalez at first base.
Top 2d: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Carl Crawford knocked into a double play to end the inning. Crawford entered the game hitting .163. The numbers have been awful. J.D. Drew led off with a single and Jed Lowrie struck out. Terry Francona strongly endorsed Lowrie as the every-day shortstop based on his fast start, before the game
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Josh Beckett had a strong first inning. He did allow an infield hit to Derrek Lee, who hit a nubber off Beckett’s glove. Beckett’s fastball was 93-94, which is what he’s throwing these days. Good enough for a 2-1 record and 1.93 ERA in four starts.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Tremendous opportunity gone by the boards here. The Sox had runners in scoring position with one out after a Jacoby Ellsbury single and an Adrian Gonzalez double to the right-center gap on a nice swing. But Kevin Youkilis struck out and David Ortiz popped out. The Sox may kick themselves later on this one.