End of the 9th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1
A Kevin Youkilis home run to left field spoiled the shutout, but it was way too little way too late as Baltimore manages to steal one game in the three game series at Fenway.
Middle of the 9th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 0
Two more runs for Baltimore as things are starting to get out of hand. With two outs, Drew lost a fly ball in the sun that allowed Cezar Izturis to score. Nick Markakis drove Lugo in on the next at bat with an RBI single to make it 6-0.
End of the 8th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0
Doesn’t seem to matter who’s pitching for Baltimore. Berken gets three straight fly outs to end the inning. People are starting to head for the exits here at Fenway.
Middle of the 8th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0
Dustin Richardson gets the Sox out of the inning with no further damage.
The good news for the Sox is that Matusz’s day appears to be over. Jason Berken on for the 0’s. Matusz allowed only two hits and struck out 8 through seven innings.
Top of the 8th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0
All sorts of problems for the Sox defense here in the top half of the inning. With Julio Lugo on third base pitch running for Miguel Tejada, Ty Wigginton hits an apparent double-play ball to Scutaro, who botches the throw to Youkilis. By the end of the play, no one was out and Lugo was across home plate to make it 3-0.
After a sac fly to right field by Adam Jones scores Nick Markakis, Lackey’s day is over.
Dustin Richardson is on for Boston in the top of the 8th.
End of the 7th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
1-2-3 for the Sox in the 7th, and Matusz once again gets out of an inning without any problems. A few Sox have hit the ball hard at points today, but for the most part, Matusz has had Boston’s number all afternoon. He’s thrown 111 pitches, and when a team is 25 games out of first place, running a young, promising starting pitcher into the dirt wouldn’t seem like the wisest move. We’ll see when Baltimore goes to the bullpen.
Middle of the 7th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Just one more scattered hit for Baltimore as we have another scoreless inning at Fenway. Lackey is keeping the Red Sox in it as the offense really struggles this afternoon.
End of the 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
No hits again for Boston as Matusz tosses another scoreless inning. Matusz struck out Ortiz to start the inning. That brings his strikeout total to 8 for the game, which ties his season high. After Youkilis hit a fly ball to the warning track for the second out, Adrian Beltre drew a walk and Drew grounded out to first to end the inning.
Middle of the 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Another 1-2-3 inning for Lackey. Aside from his trouble in the fourth, Lackey has looked good all day. Through six innings he’s allowed only 5 hits and has struck out 7. We’ll see if he can get any help here from his offense.
End of the 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Sox still without a run as McDonald flies out to center to end the inning. Matusz has allowed only two hits through five innings and has struck out seven, one short of his season high.
Middle of the 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Lackey puts the O’s down 1-2-3 in the 5th and ends the inning by striking out Markakis for his sixth strikeout of the game.
End of the 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Two more stranded runners for the Sox as a walk by Youkilis and a double by Beltre go wasted in the 4th. After Beltre put one off the wall in left to send Youkilis to third, Drew struck out swinging for the second time today and Bill Hall sent a liner to center field right at Adam Jones to end the inning.
Middle of the 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Nick Markakis hit his A.L.-leading 25th double of the year to start the inning and a Ty Wigginton fielder’s choice sent him to third. With Adam Jones at the plate, a wild pitch from Lackey allowed Markakis to score for the game’s first run.
Jones finished the at-bat with a single and managed to score from first on a Craig Tatum single with two outs.
End of the 3rd: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
A promising start wasted by the Sox in the 3rd. After Hall singles and Nava gets hit by a pitch, Gustavo Molina pops up a bunt that’s caught by Matusz. A Scutaro strikeout and a harmless grounder to third base later, the inning is over with nothing to show for it.
Middle of the 3rd: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
Lackey gets into a little bit of a jam as Izturis and Patterson put together back-to-back singles, but manages to get out of the inning as he gets Tejada to ground out to Scutaro with two outs.
End of the 2nd: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
We’re through two innings and neither team has put anyone on base. A hard-hit ball by Youkilis was tracked down by Markakis in right, and after Adam Jones fought off the sun to haul in a high fly ball from Beltre, Drew strikes out to end the inning.
Middle of the 2nd: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
Two more strikeouts for Lackey as the Orioles fail to put anyone on base for the second straight inning. That makes four K’s on the day for Lackey.
End of the 1st: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
Sox go down in order including strikeouts from Scutaro and Ortiz.
Middle of the 1st: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
Adrian Beltre showing real early part of the reason he’s heading to his first All Star game. On top of batting almost .350, he’s played an excellent third base for the Sox, and he continues by snagging a hot ground ball from Nick Markakis and throwing to first to end the 1-2-3 1st.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Gorgeous day at Fenway Park. Happy Fourth of July to everyone. As always, your comments are appreciated.