Red Sox 7, Orioles 0: Clay Buchholz Blanks Orioles As Sox Get Back Over .500

Clay Buchholz was masterful Thursday night, tossing a complete game shutout against the Orioles to put Boston back over .500 and finally giving them a win over Baltimore in Fenway.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Final Score: Clay Buchholz' Complete Game Shutout Lifts Sox To 7-0 Victory

The Red Sox finally have their home victory over the Baltimore Orioles after a complete game shutout from Clay Buchholz, supported by an early attack against Brian Matusz, proved more than enough to lift the Sox past their division opposition, 7-0.

While Clay Buchholz started the game with some inconsistent command in the first, it was just about the only weakness he would show all night. A double play would prove sufficient to erase leadoff singles in the first and third, while Buchholz managed to work around a one-out single turned into a double by Darnell McDonald in the second to keep the Orioles off the board early.

Brian Matusz would not prove so capable under pressure. Struggling to find the strike zone all night, the Orioles' young lefty would load the bases in both the first and second innings, with four walks between the two frames. In the first, it was Adrian Gonzalez who got the Sox on the board, hitting a sharp ground ball down the first base line for a two-run double. The scoring in the second inning, on the other hand, were thanks in large part to Baltimore's Robert Andino, who airmailed a double play throw to first, leading to another run rather than a second out.

Brian Matusz would leave the game after a leadoff single in the third. For a third straight inning, the Sox would pick up a pair of runs, building their lead to 6-0, where it would stay for most of the rest of the game, as Clay Buchholz continued to roll right along. After the three hits in three innings to start the game, Buchholz would not allow another hit until the eighth. The only real difficulty he would face came in the fifth, when he hit two batsmen. A double play would erase one, however, and a Robert Andino strike out would end the inning. With the Orioles only managing to pick up the one walk off Buchholz in the ninth, the 27-year-old righty finished off the game and solidified his return to form.


Final - 6.7.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Boston Red Sox 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 X 7 9 1
WP: Clay Buchholz (6 - 2)
LP: Brian Matusz (5 - 6)

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 3

The Red Sox will have another go at pulling off a home win against Baltimore as they send Clay Buchholz to the mound against Brian Matusz and the Orioles.

We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 0, Final -- Clay Buchholz completes the shutout, and the Red Sox win!

Red Sox 7, Orioles 0, End 8th -- Doubles from Daniel Nava and Kevin Youkilis add another run to Boston's tally--their first time scoring since the third. Luckily that first third of the game was a doozy, and Buchholz has been lock down.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 0, Mid 8th -- Clay Buchholz has given up a few singles, but little else. A good swing by Wilson Betemit gives the Orioles another leadoff baserunner, but once again Clay refuses to give in, following up a strikeout to Ryan Flaherty with a pair of easy ground balls to end the inning.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 0, End 7th -- The Sox don't score, but Adrian Gonzalez just keeps hitting, sending a line drive to center field for his third hit of the night. Only Flaherty's catch of the wall separates him from 4-for-4.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 0, Mid 7th -- Clay Buchholz gives up some hard contact to Chris Davis and Matt Wieters, but Daniel Nava is able to make a couple of tricky plays to save hits, and Mark Reynolds strikes out to make it seven scoreless for Boston's starter.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 0, End 6th -- Daniel Nava's refusal to get out continues, as he walks to break up a string of five straight batters retired. Dustin Pedroia gives a fly ball a long ride, but it hangs up short of the wall, and neither Kevin Youkilis nor David Ortiz can reach base, leaving Nava stranded at first.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 0, Mid 6th -- The Orioles still can't get anything going against Clay Buchholz. His fourth strikeout of the night gets the sixth inning started on the right foot, and J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones do little better in recording the second and third outs.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 0, End 5th -- The Sox go very quickly in the fifth, giving Miguel Gonzalez two outs on two pitches before Kelly Shoppach makes the third on a five-pitch groundout. The bullpen does not seem to be in quite the generous mood Matusz was.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 0, Mid 5th -- Buchholz endures his most difficult inning so far, getting Mark Reynolds solidly in the legs and then grazing Ryan Flaherty's uniform, but a double play in between keeps the Orioles from really making a scoring threat out of it, and Buchholz strikes out Robert Andino to end his fifth scoreless frame.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 0, End 4th -- Boston's two-run picket fence is broken, as is Adrian Gonzalez' perfect night at the plate. The latter--and perhaps even the former--is due to a great leaping catch at the wall by Ryan Flaherty to rob Gonzalez of extra bases.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 0, Mid 4th -- Clay Buchholz allows another baserunner, albeit this time thanks to his own failure to make an easy catch while covering first, but still managed to keep the runs off the board with three more easy outs.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 0, End 3rd -- Another inning, another pair of runs for the Red Sox. What's the two-run version of a picket fence?

Adrian Gonzalez and Darnell McDonald once again take part in the scoring effort. Gonzalez led the inning off with his second hit of the night on a ringing single to center field, chasing Matusz from the game. Darnell McDonald would follow him up with a wall ball double to left that may have only not scored Gonzalez thanks to Ryan Flaherty dekeing him out in left field. Kelly Shoppach would not manage to bring either man in, going down swinging for the second out, but that just brought Daniel Nava to the plate, ready to build on his growing level. A line drive to right proved just right for the task, bringing both runs in with the help of a misplay from Endy Chavez.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 0, Mid 3rd -- Clay Buchholz' third inning goes much like his first, with a leadoff single being erased by a Robert Andino double play, with the third out coming on a swinging strikeout by Endy Chavez. Clay is just etting stronger as the night goes on.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 0, End 2nd -- The Red Sox double their run total in the second inning thanks in part to some bad pitching from Brian Matusz, and in part to Robert Andino, who has finally done something to help rather than hurt the Red Sox.

Matusz was squarely responsible for the three leadoff baserunners he allowed, though the hit sandwiched between walks to Darnell McDonald and Daniel Nava was just a Kelly Shoppach bloop to center field. Still, he did about as good a job as he could given the situation, inducing a ground ball off the bat of Dustin Pedroia. It wasn't going to be an easy double play for Robert Andino to turn, but with Mike Aviles barreling down on him he turned a tough play into a bad one, throwing well wide of the bag at first, allowing another run to come across as the ball headed towards the Boston dugout.

Red Sox 2, Orioles 0, Mid 2nd -- Darnell McDonald flubs a fly ball in center field, allowing a single to turn into a double in what should be called an error, but Clay Buchholz is up to the task of keeping runs off the board. He looks better in the second than he did in the first, finding corners with greater regularity and throwing a really good two-seamer. It's an encouraging start for a pitcher who seems to be in the middle of turning his season around.

Red Sox 2, Orioles 0, End 1st -- The Sox get to Brian Matusz for two runs in the first, and it's none other than Adrian Gonzalez who did the damage.

He does, of course, have a few guys to thank for putting him in the position to do so. After Daniel Nava started the inning with a pop-up, Dustin Pedroia worked the count full and drew a walk to give the Sox their first baserunner of the game. Kevin Youkilis would catch a 2-2 fastball high enough to flip a line drive into left field, bringing David Ortiz to the plate in a big situation

Unfortunately, the Sox' big-hitting DH was unable to come through, popping up like Nava before him. Will Middlebrooks would keep the Sox alive and load the bases by fighting back from a 1-2 count to draw the second walk of the inning, and up came Adrian Gonzalez. Taking the first two pitches he saw for a ball and a strike, Gonzalez turned on the third, sending a rocket ground ball down the first base line and into right field for a two-run double. Mike Aviles nearly added to the tally, but his long fly ball died on the track in left, good only for an inning-ending out.

Red Sox 0, Orioles 0, Mid 1st -- Not a bad inning from Clay Buchholz, if not entirely encouraging. The rebounding right-hander missed a few spots, but managed to get effective results in the end against the first three Orioles he faced. Endy Chavez managed to get enough of the bat on an inside pitch to flair a single into right field, but Buchholz would fight back to strike J.J. Hardy out, and Adam Jones ended the inning by grounding up the middle to Dustin Pedroia for an easy double play.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Lineups: Daniel Nava Returns To Left Against Brian Matusz

The Red Sox are out to salvage a game from their three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday night. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, the MLB Network, and WEEI.

The basic form of Boston's lineup will remain largely the same as they take on another lefty in Brian Matusz, with Adrian Gonzalez still batting sixth behind a core lineup of Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, and Will Middlebrooks. Daniel Nava will return to left field after finally receiving the day off Bobby Valentine has been promising for weeks, with Kelly Shoppach taking over behind the plate.

Boston Red Sox (28-28)

  1. Daniel Nava, LF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  6. Adrian Gonzalez, RF
  7. Mike Aviles, SS
  8. Darnell McDonald, CF
  9. Kelly Shoppach, C

Baltimore Orioles (32-24)

  1. Endy Chavez, RF
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Adam Jones, CF
  4. Matt Wieters, C
  5. Chris Davis, DH
  6. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Ryan Flaherty, LF
  9. Robert Andino, 2B


Final - 6.6.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
WP: Wei-Yin Chen (5 - 2)
SV: Jim Johnson (18)
LP: Josh Beckett (4 - 6)

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Red Sox Extras: A Difficult Loss To Swallow

Some losses are harder to take than others. Wednesday's defeat at the hands of the Orioles ranks right up there with the worst of them.

It's not just that the Red Sox are now 0-5 against the Orioles in Fenway Park. It's not that the loss was their third straight, or that it dropped them to .500 again. It's not even that Robert Andino was once again center stage--has ever there been a player who does so little except when facing the Red Sox?

No, it's that Wednesday the Red Sox outplayed the Orioles and lost.

Josh Beckett and Wei-Yin Chen will appear to have fairly similar lines in the box score, but that does not accurately portray their performances. Both lived all night in the strike zone, but while Beckett was keeping hitters off balance and inducing weak ground ball after weak ground ball, Chen was watching rockets come off the Boston bats.

The results, unfortunately, were similar in terms of actual production. Boston's rockets found Baltimore gloves time and again, and while the same was true of Beckett's ground balls, he had all his bad luck group together. Two of the very few ground balls that found holes did so in the sixth, and combined with an at bat which saw Beckett get in on the hands of Robert Andino only for the infielder to bloop a single into right field, it was good for a pair of runs when he could easily have gone nine without the way he was pitching.

For Wei-Yin Chen it was more spread out. Three innings saw the Red Sox get good contact against him, but the worst part of his pitching was spread out enough to keep all but one run off the board.

This is not to say that the Orioles are a weak team riding luck to the top of the division. Games like this happen for and to every team in the game. Last night was just the Red Sox' turn.

Too bad that knowledge doesn't make the loss any easier to take.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Final Score: One Bad Inning Ruins Josh Beckett's Gem, Sox Fall 2-1

On a frustrating night in Fenway Park, the Sox fell to their third straight loss, all the way back down to a .500 mark that it seemed like they had finally left behind.

For the first five innings, it was hard to imagine the Orioles would ever put up a run against the dominant Josh Beckett. With pinpoint accuracy on a low-mid 90s fastball and good command of his off speed stuff, Beckett gave up almost nothing in the way of hard contact all night. He retired the first nine batters he faced, and had faced the minimum through the first five innings, recording a double play to erase the one ground ball single the Orioles had managed.

Wei-Yin Chen, on the other hand, was hardly dealing on the mound. The Sox managed to manufacture one run in the third, but frankly should have had more as they hit hard smashes to all fields. Unfortunately, balls would stay up just enough, or go howling directly to a fielder time and again, resulting in outs where there could easily have been hits.

If things had simply stayed this way, then the Sox could have enjoyed a quiet 1-0 win. Instead, however, the luck actively swung the other way, with the Orioles' ground balls finding singles where the Red Sox' line drives found none. Two got through without any great power behind them to start the sixth inning before Beckett jammed Robert Andino with a cutter in on the hands. With his luck going badly, however, what could easily have been a pop-up ended up being a bloop single, and just like that the go-ahead run was on third, scoring on a fielder's choice.

The Sox would have their chance to tie the game up in the seventh inning, when they picked up a pair of leadoff baserunners. A sacrifice bunt moved both over into scoring position, but Marlon Byrd provided one of the more disappointing at bats of the year, not so much as put the ball in play with the tying run just 90 feet away. He may well have earned his ticket out of Boston with that particular failure. Mike Aviles hit a pop-up behind first to end the inning.

It's one of the more disappointing losses possible for this team. From three games over .500, they now sit right back on the line thanks to a game where they pretty clearly outplayed their opposition. Sometimes, however, baseball does not provide the "correct" winner. Today, the Orioles had things go their way, and the Red Sox suffered because of it


Final - 6.6.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
WP: Wei-Yin Chen (5 - 2)
SV: Jim Johnson (18)
LP: Josh Beckett (4 - 6)

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Live Blog: Inning-By-Inning Updates For Game 2

The Red Sox are looking to even the series up at 1-1 and regain some of the cushion between them and .500 as they take on the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night.

We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 1, Final -- The Sox go quietly in the ninth, and fall back to .500 in a game where they pretty clearly outplayed their opponents. What a depressing night in Fenway Park.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 1, Mid 9th -- Vicente Padilla gets through a quick ninth in relief of Josh Beckett, who seems to have cramped up on the bench in between innings. What's important now, though, is that the Sox need at least one run from the bottom of their lineup to avoid falling to .500.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 1, End 8th -- Another pair of baserunners comes to naught for the Red Sox, as Will Middlebrooks can manage only a shallow fly ball and Scott Podsednik (having pinch run for Adrian Gonzalez) a ground ball with Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz on base via the walk.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 1, Mid 8th -- Another 1-2-3 frame has Beckett seemingly in line for a complete if incredibly frustrating game. He's got two earned runs to his name when he arguably should have none, and a loss coming his way if the Sox can't fight back in these last couple of innings left to them.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 1, End 7th -- The Red Sox waste a huge chance after leadoff singles from Adrian Gonzalez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. A Darnell McDonald bunt succeeds in moving the runners along, but Marlon Byrd goes down swinging on four pitches, and Mike Aviles pops the ball up behind first base to end the threat.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 1, Mid 7th -- Josh Beckett doesn't really give the Orioles the chance to get lucky in the seventh, striking out two batters around a bloop single in a scoreless inning.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 1, End 6th -- The Sox continue to hit better than the Orioles, but continue to get nothing out of it. A line drive back up the middle from Kevin Youkilis goes for a base hit, but despite a hard shot off the bat of Will Middlebrooks, the Sox get no more out of the middle of their lineup, leaving the Orioles still up by one.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 1, Mid 6th -- It's one of those innings that makes baseball so wonderful at times and so frustrating at others. Tonight, we are squarely in the latter of the two categories. Two ground balls put runners on the corners with nobody out, and a cutter in on the hands of Robert Andino is cuffed out into right field for an RBI single. Two more ground balls get the Sox the three outs they need, but allow another run to come in, giving the Orioles the lead. The only hard hit ball of the inning, of course, went for the double play.

Red Sox 1, Orioles 0, End 5th -- The run of hard contact comes to an end, with Wei-Yin Chen picking up three easy outs against the bottom of the lineup.

Red Sox 1, Orioles 0, Mid 5th -- Josh Beckett just keeps right on rolling, recording another 1-2-3 inning against the middle of Baltimore's lineup. His fastball is pinpoint, tonight, and both of his off-speed offerings have been able to get swings-and-misses so far. It's no wonder that he's faced 15 batters in 5 innings.

Red Sox 1, Orioles 0, End 4th -- The contact keeps coming off of Wei-Yin Chen, if not the results. David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks, and Adrian Gonzalez all hit hard shots off the lefty starter, but J.J. Hardy is positioned perfectly for Ortiz' smash, and Gonzalez manages to hit it just close enough to Mark Reynolds for the first baseman to make the grab in the air, leaving only Middlebrooks' to go for a deserved hit.

Red Sox 1, Orioles 0, Mid 4th -- Josh Beckett gets three ground balls of varying success. The no-hitter comes to an end on the first, as Endy Chavez manages to get one through the left side of the infield, but the second one keeps Beckett facing the minimum, as J.J. Hardy hits into the double play. Adam Jones makes it three straight and another 1-2-3 inning, though it is perhaps with the benefit of a lucky call, as Mike Aviles' throw brings Youkilis into the air before he comes back down to the bag. It seems like he lands after the runner reach, but the umpire gives Boston the call, and the Orioles are retired.

Red Sox 1, Orioles 0, End 3rd -- The Sox get on the board thanks to the bottom of their lineup, in particular the returning Darnell McDonald. Getting a fastball over the outside part of the plate, McDonald plants it off the Monster for a leadoff double, and moves to third on a flared single to right by Marlon Byrd. The Sox only manage to turn the 1st-and-3rd, no outs situation into one run on a Mike Aviles sacrifice fly, but it's enough to give them the lead for now.

Red Sox 0, Orioles 0, Mid 3rd -- Josh Beckett has another 1-2-3 inning, and so far it's the best of his night. Wilson Betemit at least makes him work, running the count full before being run up on a borderline pitch on the outside corner. The strikeout of Ryan Flaherty is a bit more convincing, as the Baltimore left fielder goes flailing at an 0-2 curveball that breaks down and out of the zone before Robert Andino hits a routine ground ball to third to end the inning.

Red Sox 0, Orioles 0, End 2nd -- Will Middlebrooks hits a hard smash off the glove of Robert Andino at second to give the Sox their first baserunner of the night, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia just narrowly misses extending the inning, as Wilson Betemit charges in to make a nice play on a chopper to third for the final out.

Red Sox 0, Orioles 0, Mid 2nd -- Beckett's hot start continues, with a strikeout of Chris Davis highlighting a second 1-2-3 inning, and Will Middlebrooks putting an exclamation mark on it by diving to his right to snag a low line drive to third base.

Red Sox 0, Orioles 0, End 1st -- The Sox make Wei-Yin Chen work a little harder than the Orioles did Beckett, with each batter seeing at least four pitches, but the results are the same: three outs, no baserunners as we head to the top of the second inning.

Red Sox 0, Orioles 0, Mid 1st -- Josh Beckett gets off to a very quick start as he records an easy 1-2-3 inning against the top of the Baltimore lineup. Endy Chavez, swinging at the second pitch of the game, gives Beckett the most trouble, hitting a fairly deep fly ball to center field, but still not one that Marlon Byrd has any trouble putting away. With an easy ground ball and fly ball forthcoming, Beckett finishes the inning on just seven pitches.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Lineups: Adrian Gonzalez Drops To Sixth Against Wei-Yin Chen

The Red Sox will try and repay the Orioles for their extra-innings loss Wednesday night as they send Josh Beckett to the mound against Wei-Yin Chen. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST, with broadcasts by NESN and WEEI.

After a disappointing start to the season, the Red Sox will finally make a move that seems long overdue, dropping Adrian Gonzalez to sixth in the order. The All-Star first baseman--tonight playing right field-- is hitting just .262/.316/.407 so far on the year--more the stuff of a #8 or #9 hitting shortstop then a middle-of-the-order corner infielder, but has still never dropped below fifth.

The Sox will otherwise be stacking their lineup against the left-handed Chen, with Darnell McDonald making his return from the disabled list and Mike Aviles leading off.

Boston Red Sox (28-27)

  1. Mike Aviles, SS
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  6. Adrian Gonzalez, RF
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Darnell McDonald, LF
  9. Marlon Byrd, CF
Boston Red Sox (31-24)
  1. Endy Chavez, RF
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Adam Jones, CF
  4. Matt Wieters, C
  5. Chris Davis, DH
  6. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Ryan Flaherty, LF
  9. Robert Andino, 2B


Final - 6.5.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 8 15 1
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 6 11 1
WP: Jim Johnson (1 - 0)
LP: Alfredo Aceves (0 - 3)

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Red Sox Extras: Jarrod Saltalamacchia Rolls Onward

The ultimate outcome of Boston's 8-6 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday makes it hard to see the best parts of what was at times a strong Red Sox effort. A lineup that fought back, a decent start from Lester (albeit marred by bad defense), but more than anything a tremendous 3-for-4 outing from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who hit the two-run shot that initially brought the Sox back from their ninth-inning deficit.

It's just the latest in a series of big hits from Boston's starting catcher, who has taken a 3-for-31 start and turned it into an All-Star season. Before today's game, he had hit .308/.348/.645 since that dreadful start, taking his season averages up to .265/.308/.559, good for an AL best .367 wOBA. With today's effort, those numbers are rather better.

The thing for the Sox is that they've seen this from Saltalamacchia before. From May 15 to August 2 last year, Saltalamacchia hit .299/.370/.599. He would finish the year with a line of just .235/.288/.450.

At the moment, Saltalamacchia is playing like an All-Star. One the Sox desperately need in order to keep afloat with all of their various injuries. For the long haul, however, the Sox need Salty to be more than just an All-Star catcher, because that only reflects on the first half of the season. If Saltalamacchia is terrific for half the year, and miserable for the other half, it's still only the final results that matter for the long-term success of the team.

So keep it up, Salty, because this team needs all the help it can get.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Final Score: Sox Fall 8-6 In Extras After Ninth Inning Rally

The Red Sox would fight back from a late deficit, but it only ended up granting them one inning's reprieve, as the Orioles took an 8-6 victory Wednesday night.

Early in the third month of the season, and up against a team that has traditionally been his favored opponent, the Sox were hoping for a big outing from Jon Lester. And, were it not for a defensive slip, perhaps it would have looked that way in the end.

Instead, however, a third-inning blunder would cost the Red Sox a pair of runs, as Mike Aviles flubbed a force out at second in an inning that would balloon from two on, two outs into a pair of runs and a bases loaded situation. Lester gave up the hits that cost the team the runs, but the situation would never have been but for Aviles' error.

The Sox would end up bouncing back thanks to some bad Baltimore defense in the fifth. With two on and nobody out, Mark Reynolds attempted to field a bunt and get the force out at third. Not only was the play not even there to be made, but Steve Tolleson had the ball pass right by him, allowing a run to come in and another to score on a sacrifice fly.

The Orioles would grab the lead right back in the sixth after a leadoff double from Matt Wieters, but the Sox would go up 4-3 in the bottom half of the inning on a single from Mike Aviles and a sacrifice fly from Scott Podsednik.

The seesaw battle would continue in the seventh as the bullpen came into the game and crumbled. Scott Atchison, amazing for the year so far, entered the game with one on and nobody out and gave up a pair of singles, a walk, and a run before leaving with one out. Matt Albers would enter only to allow another pair of singles and two more runs, leaving the Sox down 6-4.

The lead would last the Orioles right up until the Sox were down to their last strike, but that's when home run hero and burning hot catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia provided another huge moment, taking a pitch high over the outside part of the plate and hitting a high fly ball that bounced off the ledge in front of the Monster seats for a game-tying shot.

Unfortunately, the tie evaporated nearly immediately thereafter. Alfredo Aceves could not get the job done in his second inning of work. With a runner at second and one out, Aceves would surrender three straight singles to make it 8-6 Sox--a lead that Boston would finally fail to overcome.


Final - 6.5.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 8 15 2
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 6 11 1
WP: Jim Johnson (1 - 0)
LP: Alfredo Aceves (0 - 3)

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 1

The Red Sox are set to welcome the Orioles into Boston Tuesday as they kick off a three-game set against their division rivals and the AL wild card leaders.

We'll keep you up-to-date with all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.

Orioles 6, Red Sox 4, Mid 9th -- Alfredo Aceves grabs a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Unfortunately, it's not a save, as the Sox are still down two.

Orioles 6, Red Sox 4, End 8th -- A two-out single provides nothing to the Red Sox, who are down to their last three outs.

Orioles 6, Red Sox 4, Mid 8th -- Matt Albers gets three quick outs, but the Sox need to do damage now more than anything.

Orioles 6, Red Sox 4, End 7th -- A two-out double puts Jarrod Saltalamacchia at second, but the Sox do no more and stay down by two.

Orioles 6, Red Sox 4, Mid 7th -- A bad inning for the bullpen puts the Sox back down, as the Orioles score a run and load the bases off Scott Atchison, in for a relief appearance after Jon Lester allows a leadoff single. Matt Albers then allows a pair of singles, leaving the Sox down two runs before escaping the inning.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 3, End 6th -- The Sox strike immediately back, getting a one out walk and hit from Ryan Sweeney and Mike Aviles respectively putting two men on. A Mike Aviles single brings a run home, as does a Scott Podsednik sacrifice fly, putting the Sox back ahead before Adrian Gonzalez ended the inning with another ground ball.

Orioles 3, Red Sox 2, Mid 6th -- A leadoff double helps the Orioles regain the lead, with a perfect bunt to third not only moving the runner along, but also threatening more damage as it goes for a base hit. A sacrifice fly scores the tying run, but Lester manages to escape the inning without any more damage.

Red Sox 2, Orioles 2, End 5th -- Mark Reynolds repays the favor from Mike Aviles back in the third inning, helping the Sox to a pair of runs on a bad defensive play. With two on and none out thanks in part to Reynolds slinging an arm and knocking down a ball he should have gloved, Scott Podsednik dropped down a bunt to first. Mark Reynolds came in quickly to make the play, but attempted to fire to third, where he not only had no play, but had the ball get away from Steve Tolleson, allowing a run to score and the runners to move into scoring position. A shallow fly ball from Dustin Pedroia didn't seem like it was deep enough to get the run home, but even with Adam Jones' throw beating Aviles home by a good few feet, Wieters could not make the catch, leaving the game tied after five.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 0, Mid 5th -- A double play from J.J. Hardy erases a leadoff baserunner, helping Jon Lester to a bit of a roundabout 1-2-3 inning.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 0, End 4th -- Jason Hammel gives up another baserunner--again Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who picks up a long Fenway single to left--but strikes out David Ortiz and gets another pair of ground balls to end the threat.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 0, Mid 4th -- Jon Lester recovers from his struggles in the third by getting a 1-2-3 fourth, keeping the ball on the ground for all three outs.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- The Red Sox threaten by putting runners on first and second with one out and the better part of their lineup coming to the plate, but they cannot score as Dustin Pedroia once again goes down by way of the K--this time after a long battle at the plate--and Adrian Gonzalez hits an easy ground ball to end the frame.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- Lester receives no help from his defense in the third, as an error by Mike Aviles with a runner at first costs him at least one if not two outs. While Lester still gets his second out without too much difficulty, a pair of line drive singles can be chalked up to Lester, as will, apparently, both of the two resulting runs.

Red Sox 0, Orioles 0, End 2nd -- The Red Sox get another walk--from Jarrod Saltalamacchia this time--but Hammel also picks up his third and fourth strikeout to escape the inning without any harm.

Red Sox 0, Orioles 0, Mid 2nd -- Jon Lester has a more relaxed second inning, striking out Ronny Paulino to end an 11-pitch frame.

Red Sox 0, Orioles 0, End 1st -- The Sox pick up a leadoff runner when Scott Podsednik walks on a 3-2 pitch that likely caught a corner, but after Dustin Pedroia strikes out looking in his return at bat, Matt Wieters guns Podsednik down trying to steal and Adrian Gonzalez grounds into the shift to end the frame.

Red Sox 0, Orioles 0, Mid 1st -- Jon Lester gets into some early trouble as he allows a long fly ball to center field to J.J. Hardy, who turns it into three bases with just one out. Needing just a decent ball in play, however, the Orioles cannot convert against a resilient Lester, who strikes out both Adam Jones and Matt Wieters to end the inning.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Lineups: Dustin Pedroia Returns

The Red Sox will have Dustin Pedroia back in the lineup on Tuesday evening as they take on the Baltimore Orioles. First pitch will be at 7:10 EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

After a day of consideration following Dustin Pedroia's Sunday batting practice, the Sox have decided that their star second baseman is well enough to take the field once again. It's been over a week since Dustin Pedroia aggravated a lingering thumb injury, and early reports suggested that he could be out for as long as a month, but the always-willing infielder says he's good to go, and at least for now the organization is willing to take his word for it.

Pedroia will return to his traditional spot in the lineup, batting second after Scott Podsednik as Daniel Nava moves all the way down to eighth. It's not really a demotion for the hot-hitting left fielder, however, so much as a statement on just how deep the order has suddenly become.

Boston Red Sox (28-26)

  1. Scott Podsednik, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  8. Daniel Nava, LF
  9. Mike Aviles, SS
Baltimore Orioles (30-24)
  1. Robert Andino, 2B
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Adam Jones, CF
  4. Matt Wieters, C
  5. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  6. Steve Pearce, LF
  7. Ronny Paulino, DH
  8. Steve Tolleson, 3B
  9. Endy Chavez, RF

Final - 6.3.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
Toronto Blue Jays 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 5 6 0
WP: Drew Hutchison (5 - 2)
LP: Daniel Bard (5 - 6)

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Daniel Bard Assigned To Triple-A Pawtucket, According To Report

From valuable setup man to demoted starting pitcher, Daniel Bard has come a long way in one year. Not that he will enjoy his latest destination. Bard was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.

The 26-year old righty has struggled with his conversion into a starting pitcher, going 5-6 with a 5.24 ERA over 11 starts with the Red Sox this year. His strikeout rate has suffered significantly in his new role, and he's lasted an average of just 5.0 innings per start. He was knocked out of his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 3 after surrendering five runs in 1.2 innings.

Bard was quite a bit better last year as a setup man for Jonathan Papelbon, posting a 3.33 ERA over 73.0 innings. He was better in 2010, when he accrued a 1.93 ERA over 74.2 innings.

Darnell McDonald has been activated and will take Bard's place on the roster.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles: Sox Aim To Make Up Ground On Wild Card Leaders

The Red Sox will face a tough test against the Orioles as they try to gain ground on the American League wild card leaders.

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