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Orioles Avoid Sweep, Down Red Sox On July 4th, 6-1

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Brian Matusz tossed seven strong innings and Nick Markakis collected hits and drove in a run, as the Baltimore Orioles stymied the Boston Red Sox, 6-1, to salvage the finale of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Matusz (3-9) scattered two hits, walked three and struck out eight to record his first win since April 18 at Oakland. The Orioles had dropped 12 of the last 13 games started by the young lefty.

Kevin Youkilis homered to left field off reliever Jason Berken in the ninth inning to end Baltimore's shutout bid.

Boston's John Lackey (9-4) gave up four runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings to take the loss.