Boston at Baltimore

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Beckett grabs win No. 18, Red Sox hold off late Orioles surge wire reports

BALTIMORE -- Jonathan Papelbon was one strike from securing another Boston win at Camden Yards, and many in the crowd of 39,234 stood and cheered.

When Papelbon struck out Freddie Bynum to seal a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, the roar from the thousands of red-clad fans reached a crescendo.

That's only one reason the Red Sox will miss playing at their favorite stadium besides Fenway Park. Not only do they receive plenty of support in Baltimore, they usually find a way to win, too.

"For me, I just go out there and try to execute pitches like I do in any other stadium. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't," Boston ace Josh Beckett said.

Beckett allowed two runs in seven innings to earn his 18th victory, and Coco Crisp singled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth to help Boston close out another successful season at Camden Yards on Sunday.

Mike Lowell drove in two runs and Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the Red Sox, who finished 6-3 in Baltimore this year and stayed 5½ games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Boston has had a winning record at Camden Yards every season since 1998, going 54-23 during that span.

Maybe it's because so many fans come down from Boston to cheer for the Red Sox. More likely, it's because the Red Sox are simply better.

Beckett (18-6) yielded seven hits, struck out eight -- including Brian Roberts three times -- and walked none. The right-hander is 4-1 lifetime against the Orioles, including 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four starts at Baltimore.

Asked if he was disappointed that he won't be seeing the Orioles again this season, Beckett replied: "There are two ways you can look at it. You can look at it as you are due for a loss."

Hideki Okajima worked the eighth and Papelbon recorded three outs for his 35th save in 37 chances. The closer had retired 17 consecutive batters before Melvin Mora singled with one in the ninth.

Mora and Nick Markakis homered for the Orioles, who have lost 16 of 19. The defeat assures Baltimore (61-81) a 10th consecutive non-winning season.

Boston snapped a 2-all tie in the eighth against Chad Bradford (3-7). J.D. Drew hit a leadoff single and reached third with two outs before Crisp lined an RBI single to center. Crisp went 5-for-13 with five RBI in the four-game series.

Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up two runs and seven hits in five-plus innings before leaving with a strained muscle in his left rib cage. The rookie is 0-2 in his last eight starts and has received 14 no-decisions this year.

The injury almost certainly put an end to his breakthrough season.

"I'll go light a candle tonight on the way home and expect a miracle," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said.

Earlier in the day, the Orioles placed left-hander Erik Bedard on the 60-day disabled list with the same injury, so Guthrie wasn't hopeful of avoiding a similar fate.

"The experience that everyone else has gone through shows that the recovery does take two or three weeks to even eliminate pain, doing nothing," Guthrie said. "If that were the case, then I would be done. But I remain optimistic, and will hope for a miracle."

The Orioles have an off day Monday. Guthrie will be re-evaluated Tuesday before a decision is made.

Boston went up 2-0 in the third when Pedroia hit a two-out single, David Ortiz doubled and Lowell ended a 2-for-20 slump by grounding a two-run single to center.

Beckett struck out the side in the third and fired a third strike past Aubrey Huff leading off the fourth before Mora hit a 1-1 pitch into the left-field seats, his 14th home run.

Markakis tied it by leading off the sixth with an opposite-field drive to left. It was his team-high 18th homer, the second in two games.

The Orioles got a runner to second base with one out in the seventh before Beckett closed his performance by retiring pinch-hitter Kevin Millar on a grounder and striking out Roberts.

"The Roberts at-bat in the seventh was a phenomenal at-bat, and it was even better because we got him out," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "(Beckett) had to be that good -- there was no margin for error."

Roberts didn't deliver, but Crisp came through in the eighth. That goes a long way toward explaining why first-place Boston won the season series 12-6.

"The game came down to them getting the two-out RBI hit and we didn't," Trembley said.


  • To replace Bedard, the Orioles purchased the minor league contract of RHP Victor Zambrano from Pittsburgh.
  • Boston SS Alex Cora went 0-for-4 and is in a 1-for-20 skid.
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Josh Beckett enjoys pitching against Baltimore, going 4-0 against the Orioles this year.  (AP)
Josh Beckett enjoys pitching against Baltimore, going 4-0 against the Orioles this year. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Beckett
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 8

M. Mora
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, LF5010002 .373
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5130012 .325
David Ortiz, DH5110012 .319
Mike Lowell, 3B4012012 .324
J.D. Drew, RF3110100 .254
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3010113 .289
Jason Varitek, C3010112 .262
Coco Crisp, CF4011014 .269
Alex Cora, SS4000004 .240
2B - Dustin Pedroia (35, Guthrie), David Ortiz (44, Guthrie)
RBI - Mike Lowell 2 (103), Coco Crisp (56)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lowell 2 (39), Coco Crisp (20)
SB - J.D. Drew (3, 2nd base off Bradford/Molina), Kevin Youkilis (4, 2nd base off Guthrie/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Varitek-Cora
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,18-6) 7722082 3.27
Hideki Okajima (H,27) 1000010 1.76
Jonathan Papelbon (S,35) 1100020 1.55
HBP - Hernandez (by Josh Beckett)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 116-79, Hideki Okajima 10-7, Jonathan Papelbon 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-5, Hideki Okajima 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 28, Hideki Okajima 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000031 .296
Tike Redman, CF4010010 .321
Nick Markakis, RF4121011 .296
Miguel Tejada, DH4000012 .307
Aubrey Huff, 1B4010010 .272
Melvin Mora, 3B4121021 .265
Ramon Hernandez, C2010000 .241
    Brandon Fahey, PR-SS0000000 .220
   a- Scott Moore, PH1000011 .118
Freddie Bynum, LF3000013 .261
Luis Hernandez, SS2010002 .310
   b- Kevin Millar, PH1000001 .257
    Gustavo Molina, C0000000 .087
a-struck out for Fahey in the 9th
b-grounded out for Hernandez in the 7th
HR - Nick Markakis (18, Beckett), Melvin Mora (14, Beckett)
SH - Freddie Bynum (1)
RBI - Nick Markakis (95), Melvin Mora (51)
CS - Luis Hernandez (1, 2nd base by Beckett/Varitek)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Hernandez-B. Roberts-Huff
E - Tike Redman (1, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie 5722250 3.65
Jamie Walker 1.1100100 2.91
Chad Bradford (L,3-7) 1.1211000 3.63
Kurt Birkins 1.1000010 7.30
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 105-68, Jamie Walker 19-13, Chad Bradford 18-12, Kurt Birkins 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 2-8, Jamie Walker 2-2, Chad Bradford 1-2, Kurt Birkins 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 24, Jamie Walker 6, Chad Bradford 5, Kurt Birkins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39234
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Bill Welke