Final: Red Sox 4, Showalters 0
That’s a solid 4-2 road trip for the Sox, who have won 10 of 12 overall and have a day off tomorrow. Andrew Miller (4-1) was effectively wild and Jacoby Ellsbury had two home runs before a crowd of 35,174.
The Sox are 8-3 against the Orioles this season, outscoring them, 72-47. But Theo Epstein isn’t so smart, right Buck?
Back in a bit with a report from the clubhouse.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
Gonzalez (4 for 5) had a two-out single and was thrown out going to second. Veteran move, shortens up the game. Nice work.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
1-2-3 inning for Bard. That extends his streak to 22.2 consecutive scoreless innings. He has made 21 straight scoreless appearances, a club record.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
Gonzalez (3 for 4) singled and Youkilis had a ground rule double before Reddick and Crawford drew walks to force in a run against Mark Hendrickson. Mark Worrell came in and with his unorthodox delivery got through the inning without allowing a run.
Worrell is kind of a submariner with footwork that twists him up a little. But it seems to deceive the hitters, at least at first.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 0
1-2-3 inning for Albers. He has thrown 4.1 scoreless and hitless innings against his old club this season.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 0
Ellsbury went deep again, again to right field. It was his second career multiple home run game. The first was April 22, 2008.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Miller is done. He got two outs before Lee singled and Reynolds walked. That was as far as Terry Francona cared to walk the tightrope. Matt Albers came in and got a quick force at second.
Miller’s odd line: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 3 K. He threw 103 pitches, 60 strikes.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Reddick (2 for 3) singled. Crawford was called for interfering with the catcher, which resulted in a double play. As he struck out, Crawford stepped across the plate while Craig Tatum was throwing to second to try to get Reddick. Scutaro then grounded to short.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Quite a day for Miller. With one out and the bases empty, he threw a pitch to Tatum that was about five feet outside and hit the backstop. Then Tatum singled up the middle for the first Baltimore hit. Hardy and Markakis then lined out to the outfield.
Can five shutout innings be ugly?
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Pedroia had an infield single to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 18 games. But that was it. The Sox have seven hits in five innings but have left five runners on base.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Strong inning for Miller, who struck out Lee and Reynolds before getting Reimold to pop to left. He is at 69 pitches.
His line: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 3 K
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Reddick started the inning with a single and took third when Crawford doubled down the line in right. Scutaro struck out but a run scored when Varitek grounded to second. Navarro then struck out.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
Miller walked Jones but was otherwise unscathed. He has the A.J. Burnett no-hitter going: 3 IP, 0H, 0 R, 5 BB.
Middle of the 3d: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
Ellsbury homered to right, a blast deep into the seats. He has 14 on the season. Among the Red Sox, only Ortiz (19) and Gonzo (17) have more.
Gonzalez (2 for 2, crisis over) singled with two outs before Youk grounded out. Last night, when we asked Adrian about his “slump” he said we’d be asking him next week about getting three hits in a game. That could be today.
Top of the 3d: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Hold on tight with Andrew Miller. He got an out then walked Reynolds, Reimold, and Andino in a row. Craig Tatum inexplicably swung at the first pitch then proceeded to bounce into a 4-6-3 double play. Scutaro made a nice hop over Andino on the turn.
Miller has thrown 45 pitches.
Middle of the 2d: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Crawford singled with one out and stole second. He has two steals since coming off the DL, a sign perhaps that he plans to be more aggressive on the bases. Crawford was stranded when Scutaro and Varitek grounded out.
Top of the 2d: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Miller struck out his first AL batter in 45 tries when he fanned the estimable Markakis looking. Then he walked Jones before getting Wieters to pop to right.
His fastball hit 95, that’s a good sign.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Gonzalez emerged from his career-threatening slump (you should see my e-mail) with a sharp single up the middle with two outs. Then Youkilis struck out looking and didn’t agree with the assessment of Mike Winters.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from a steamy Camden Yards, where the Red Sox will take on the Orioles in a few minutes. There are a ton of Red Sox fans here as the Sox end their road trip.
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