Bottom 9th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 2
Game over. Joe Nelson was so bad he had to be relieved in the ninth by Ramon Ramirez after he loaded the bases and surrendered a two-run single to Scott Moore. The Sox would have been better off with Bill Hall who at least throws strikes. Ramirez Jon Lester improved to 7-2 with 6-1/3 shutout innings. Daniel Bard was huge with 1-2/3 innings and a big performance in the 7th with the bases loaded and one out. The Sox have outscored the O’s 19-2 in the two games. Three RBI by Youk, two each by Hall and McDonald Attendance was 40,001. Game time: 3:14.
Top 9th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0
Sox have added insurance here with three two-run hits by Darnell McDonald and Billy Hall off Orioles’ lefty Will Ohman and Kevin Youkilis.off Jason Berken The Sox loaded the bases on three walks, one issued by Dave Hernandez and two by Ohman. McDonald, pinch-hitting for Reddick, blooped a single down the left field line, scoring two. Hall then doubled to the left center gap scoring two more. Berken replaced Ohman and he allowed an infield single to Scutaro . Berken also walked Ortiz to load the bases with two outs. Youkilis then struck with a two-run double, his third hit and third RBI of the game.
Top 8th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Terry Francona had hoped Josh Reddick, who was added to the roster when Jeremy Hermida came up with sore ribs after a collision with Adrian Beltre last night, would add a spark and he has. He tripled to lead off the eighth, a shot to the right-center gap and scored on Marco Scutaro’s one-hopper over the heads of Julio Lugo and Tejada between third and short to score Reddick with the second Sox run. That was the end of Guthrie who pitched very well, but got no run support from the horrid Orioles offense. David Hernandez came on and after walking Pedroia induced a 3-6-3 DP on a hard shot hit by Ortiz. Bard’s out for the 8th.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
Nice job by Bard to get out of a bases loaded, one out jam created by Jon Lester. Bard got pinch-hitter Luke Scott to pop out to short center and then got Corey Patterson to hit a pop foul to Kevin Youkilis. Orioles are really, really bad. Have we said that before?
Bottom 7th; Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
Lester has walked the bases loaded with one out in the 7th. Daniel Bard is on. The lefty lost it all of a sudden after striking out Matt Wieters. He landed funny off the mound a couple of times. Lets see if Bard can get a strikeout or two here to preserve the lead.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
As Lester comes out for the bottom of the 7th with a one-run lead, there are teams here starting to follow the Orioles to see if they can extract one or two vets before the trading deadline. Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada, and Kevin Millwood could all be players moving. Wigginton is a pretty versatile and valuable player who has hit 13 homers and knocked in 33 runs with a .284 average. Tejada hasn’t had a good year at the plate hitting .263 with four home runs, but he could heat up. Millwood is 0-6 with a 4.29 ERA but has pitched in bad luck and the league knows he’s better than that. We shall see.
Top 7th: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
Kevin Youkilis has homered into the left field bleachers, a lined shot on a fastball right down the middle from Jeremy Guthrie as Boston draws first blood. It went 378 feet on the first pitch. It’s his 12th homer.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Through six, Lester hasn’t walked anyone, allowed four hits and has thrown 81 pitches. By the way, Camden Yards is still the best ballpark in America.
Top 6th: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
A completely unnecessary home run instant replay review after Terry Francona argued Marco Scutaro’s drive down the line was fair. It was clearly foul, to the left of the pole. Call on the field – foul – was upheld. Sox got a runner as far as second when Pedroia singled and stole
second base with two outs. But Big Papi grounded out to first to end the inning in this scoreless affair. Braves special scout Jim Fregosi is here perhaps preparing for the Orioles’ firesale.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
How many ways can we say stink? All of them would apply to the Orioles. Second and third, one out after a nice sac bunt by Lugo, and they can’t score against Lester! Guess that’s why they’re 15-40. Guthrie has pitched well for the Orioles and Corey Patterson made a great leaping catch to rob Josh Reddick to end the fourth. Good pitchers duel.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
There was a sign of Bird life in the third as Ceasr Izturis and Corey Patterson reached on singles. Izturis’ was a grounder down the third base line that Youkilis dove and tried to backhand but couldn’t come up with it. Patterson’s hit was a clean single to center off Lester. But the Sox lefty, cool as a cucumber, got MIguel Tejada to ground out to Youkilis at third for the final out of the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Lester: six up, six down, two Ks in the second. He looks like vintage Lester tonight. May be another tough night for the Birds.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
We’re underway on a steamy night at Camden Yards. The Sox had runners in scoring position after a Kevin Youkilis double, but Victor Martinez struck out swinging with two outs to end the threat against Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie. Lester, seeking his 11th win without a defeat against the Orioles over his career, retired the side in the first. Great seeing Al Bumbry here.