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Boston at Baltimore

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Boston (87-59) «0101010003110
Baltimore (60-87)010000000150

Red Sox 3, Orioles 1

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BALTIMORE -- The mismatch that is Boston versus Baltimore becomes even more lopsided when the Orioles must operate with a depleted lineup.

Clay Buchholz pitched six innings of five-hit ball, and the Red Sox beat Baltimore 3-1 Friday night to extend their winning streak against the Orioles to six games.

Jason Bay hit his team-high 34th home run for the Red Sox, who have won eight of nine and 14 of 19 to take command in the AL wild-card race. Victor Martinez had a single and a double to stretch his hitting streak to 17 games, tying a career high.

Luke Scott homered for the Orioles, who fell to 2-14 against Boston this year. Baltimore needs to win Saturday and Sunday to avoid dropping an 11th straight series to the Red Sox.

  Boston's Wakefield passes test | O's Reimold done

Buchholz (6-3) gave up one run, walked three and struck out one. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.80 ERA in seven starts since Aug. 13.

"In the beginning of the game I didn't have the best stuff I've thrown in the past couple of weeks, but I somehow got through it and we got a win out of it," he said.

Perhaps because the batting order he faced was makeshift at best. After trading away Aubrey Huff and losing Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold to injury, the Orioles had Jeff Fiorentino in left field, Felix Pie in center and usual leadoff man Brian Roberts batting third.

"We certainly have a different lineup," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "Our guys are battling their butts off and we're trying to scratch. For us, we have to cash in on the few scoring opportunities that we do get because we know, for the most part, that we're not going to get a lot of them."

The Orioles squandered an opportunity to change the complexion of the game in the fourth inning, when they got runners on the corners with one out in a 2-1 game. Scott popped out and Ty Wigginton followed with a routine fly to center, ending the threat.

"It worked out for me," Buchholz said. "It was a little draining."

Boston starters have allowed three runs or fewer in each of the last 11 games, and are 5-0 with a 1.72 ERA over an eight-game stretch.

Daniel Bard and Hideki Okajima each threw a hitless inning, and Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect ninth for his 37th save.

Jeremy Guthrie (10-15) yielded three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He's 0-3 in four starts against Boston this season, and Baltimore has lost all four games.

"I was behind all night. I was never really get on attack and get ahead of guys," said Guthrie, who leads the majors in losses. "My fastball command was terrible. For the most part it was a pitch that was up in the zone."

After two walks and an RBI single by Casey Kotchman put Boston up 1-0 in the second, Scott tied it in the bottom half with his team-high 23rd homer.

In the Boston third, Dustin Pedroia singled and headed home on a double by Martinez. By the time Pedroia got to the plate, catcher Matt Wieters was waiting to apply the tag, following two excellent relay throws by Fiorentino and shortstop Cesar Izturis.

Bay made it 2-1 in the fourth. His 34 homers are one short of his career high, and his 107 RBI are two less than his career best. He left the game in fifth with flulike symptoms.

"I've had a very upset stomach all day," Bay said. "I didn't do anything -- I laid on the trainer's table until game time, then I got up and went out there. Running around didn't exactly make me feel a whole lot better."

Notes

Boston RHP Tim Wakefield had a strong workout and is expected to start Monday at K.C.. ... The Orioles put Reimold (Achilles tendon) on the DL Friday. ... Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson was on hand to honor third baseman Melvin Mora, who earlier this week moved into second place behind Robinson for most games played at third by an Oriole.

 
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Players of the Game
Boston

J. Bay
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Baltimore

L. Scott
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5021024 .302
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5010013 .294
Victor Martinez, C5020001 .298
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4000103 .311
David Ortiz, DH3000103 .231
Jason Bay, LF2211001 .266
    Josh Reddick, LF2110011 .225
J.D. Drew, RF3000101 .265
Casey Kotchman, 1B4031001 .275
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010004 .233
Totals37311334  
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (32, Guthrie)
HR - Jason Bay (34, Guthrie)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (52), Jason Bay (107), Casey Kotchman (48)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (26)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (62, 2nd base off Guthrie/Wieters)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-A. Gonzalez-Kotchman
Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz (W,6-3) 6511311 3.49
Daniel Bard (H,12) 1000120 3.35
Hideki Okajima (H,24) 1000000 3.41
Jonathan Papelbon (S,37) 1000010 1.97
WP - Clay Buchholz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 95-54, Daniel Bard 13-9, Hideki Okajima 12-8, Jonathan Papelbon 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 7-9, Daniel Bard 1-0
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 25, Daniel Bard 4, Hideki Okajima 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Baltimore Orioles
Felix Pie, CF4000012 .254
Cesar Izturis, SS3010111 .254
Brian Roberts, 2B4010002 .286
Nick Markakis, RF4010001 .297
Melvin Mora, 3B4000000 .262
Matt Wieters, C3010100 .271
Luke Scott, DH4111003 .256
Ty Wigginton, 1B3000012 .265
   a- Michael Aubrey, PH1000010 .314
Jeff Fiorentino, LF1000200 .276
Totals3115144  
a-struck out for Wigginton in the 9th
Batting
HR - Luke Scott (23, Buchholz)
RBI - Luke Scott (71)
2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott (31)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Fiorentino 1
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie (L,10-15) 5.2933311 5.05
Matt Albers 0.2100000 5.16
Chris Waters 1.2100020 10.80
Cla Meredith 1000010 4.18
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 114-70, Matt Albers 8-7, Chris Waters 28-17, Cla Meredith 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 4-11, Matt Albers 1-1, Chris Waters 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 28, Matt Albers 3, Chris Waters 6, Cla Meredith 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26812
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Brian Knight