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Buchholz tosses complete game as Red Sox stomp Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- Clay Buchholz pitched another masterpiece against the Baltimore Orioles, whose first game under interim manager Juan Samuel was hauntingly similar to many that preceded his promotion.

Buchholz threw a five-hitter for his second career shutout, Marco Scutaro homered and scored three runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles 11-0 Friday night to ruin Samuel's debut as a big league manager.

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Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Beltre also homered for the Red Sox, who have won six straight on the road.

Buchholz (8-3) walked one and struck out two in his third career complete game and first shutout since he no-hit the Orioles on Sept. 1, 2007. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 0.99 ERA in his last five starts and has won nine successive starts on the road, a streak that began last August.

"My confidence is good," Buchholz said. "We score a lot of runs. It's not like I go out throwing a 1-0 game every time out. Guys are swinging it, and it's fun to go out there when we're scoring a lot of runs."

Samuel was promoted from third base coach Friday morning after the Orioles fired Dave Trembley. In explaining the move, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he was "hoping to ignite a spark."

It didn't happen against the Red Sox, who led 3-0 after one inning and 7-0 after four.

"I was very relaxed. It was the same as when I was coaching third base," Samuel said. "The only thing is, when we're on offense, I was in the dugout. I didn't feel any pressure at all. I was just relaxed and letting the guys go out and play."

They played like the team with the worst record in the majors (15-40). The Orioles have been blanked five times this season and have scored only eight runs in their last seven games.

Baltimore proved to be no challenge for Buchholz, who earned his 20th career win -- including five against the Orioles.

Asked if he noticed a change in Baltimore's approach under Samuel, Buchholz replied, "They've been aggressive every time I've pitched against these guys. I didn't notice anything."

Buchholz allowed only two hits through the first six innings and at one point retired 11 straight.

"He is a maturing pitcher and we're seeing it right in front of us -- and it's exciting," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He's putting it together. He looks confident, and he should be."

Orioles starter Chris Tillman (0-1) allowed seven of the 11 batters he faced to reach base. The right-hander yielded four runs, five hits and two walks in 1 1-3 innings, the shortest outing by an Orioles starter this season.

Despite the change in managers, the Orioles experienced a familiar sensation in the top of the first. After Boston used a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs, Victor Martinez hit a run-scoring grounder and J.D. Drew followed with a two-run double.

Baltimore has been outscored 40-18 in the first inning this season.

The second inning wasn't much better. Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI single to chase Tillman and make it 4-0.

Youkilis connected off Mark Hendrickson with two on and two outs in the fourth. All the runs were unearned because Orioles catcher Matt Wieters let a third strike slip through to the screen, a passed ball that allowed Bill Hall to reach first.

Beltre greeted Matt Albers by hitting his seventh homer leading off the fifth, and Scutaro hit a solo shot in the eighth to make it 9-0.

Notes

  • Jon Lester, 10-0 lifetime against Baltimore, will start for Boston on Saturday night.
  • Baltimore 3B Miguel Tejada has gone 127 at-bats without a homer, the second-longest drought of his career.
  • Boston OF Jeremy Hermida left the game with a bruised left forearm.
  • Orioles first base coach John Shelby missed the game to attend his daughter's high school graduation. He was replaced by bench coach Jeff Datz.
  • Boston starters have gone at least six innings in six straight games.
 
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Different manager, same result. Juan Samuel's debut is an ugly one as the Orioles are shut out by Boston.  (AP)
Different manager, same result. Juan Samuel's debut is an ugly one as the Orioles are shut out by Boston. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Scutaro
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

C. Buchholz
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 2
 

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Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS6331013 .276
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4121110 .261
David Ortiz, DH4100103 .265
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5123015 .312
Victor Martinez, C4131100 .294
J.D. Drew, RF5122024 .275
Adrian Beltre, 3B5122002 .333
Jeremy Hermida, LF3110021 .221
    Darnell McDonald, CF2001000 .270
Bill Hall, CF-LF4110130 .253
Totals42111611410  
Batting
2B - J.D. Drew (14, Tillman), Adrian Beltre (15, Castillo), Jeremy Hermida (8, Tillman)
HR - Marco Scutaro (4, Mata), Kevin Youkilis (11, Hendrickson), Adrian Beltre (7, Albers)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (15), Dustin Pedroia (27), Kevin Youkilis 3 (35), Victor Martinez (27), J.D. Drew 2 (33), Adrian Beltre 2 (40), Darnell McDonald (14)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis 3 (16), J.D. Drew 2 (12)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Scutaro-Youkilis, Scutaro-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz (W,8-3) 9500120 2.39
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 101-65
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 12-11
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 31
Baltimore Orioles
Corey Patterson, LF3000001 .238
Miguel Tejada, 3B4020001 .263
Nick Markakis, RF4000003 .294
Ty Wigginton, 1B3010100 .284
Luke Scott, DH3000003 .266
Matt Wieters, C3000010 .236
    Craig Tatum, C0000000 .200
Adam Jones, CF3000000 .245
Scott Moore, 2B3010000 .125
Cesar Izturis, SS3010011 .228
Totals2905012  
Batting
SH - Corey Patterson (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Wigginton-Izturis-Mata, Tejada-Moore-Wigginton
PB - Matt Wieters (1)
Baltimore Orioles
Chris Tillman (L,0-1) 1.1544220 7.71
Mark Hendrickson 2.2430041 4.65
Matt Albers 2211131 5.19
Frank Mata 2211011 1.93
Alberto Castillo 1322100 12.46
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 57-35, Mark Hendrickson 44-30, Matt Albers 35-20, Frank Mata 29-19, Alberto Castillo 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 1-1, Mark Hendrickson 2-3, Matt Albers 1-2, Frank Mata 3-1, Alberto Castillo 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 11, Mark Hendrickson 13, Matt Albers 9, Frank Mata 7, Alberto Castillo 6
Game Information
Attendance - 30070
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Wally Bell