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Red Sox surge late, Lester improves to 11-0 lifetime against O's

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BALTIMORE -- Jeremy Guthrie was doing an outstanding job of matching zero for zero with Boston's Jon Lester as the game entered the seventh inning.

And then, with one forceful swing, Kevin Youkilis tilted the momentum in favor of the Red Sox.

Youkilis ended the scoreless duel with his 11th home run, and Boston beat Baltimore 8-2 Saturday night to extend the Orioles' losing streak to 10 games.

Lester (7-2) gave up four hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings to win his seventh straight decision, matching the longest unbeaten run of his career. The left-hander is 11-0 with a 2.06 ERA lifetime against the Orioles.

Guthrie (3-6) was nearly as effective. But after allowing only two hits through six innings, his first pitch of the seventh was driven by Youkilis into the left-field seats.

"I'm trying to get ahead, trying to throw a good two-seamer down," Guthrie said. "The last time I checked, he was a two-time All-Star, and he's paid over $9 million to hit a home run. He is as good as anybody. It just happened."

Youkilis said, "I just hit a fastball. He pitched well; we're very fortunate to get out with a win by grinding out at-bats."

Boston added a run against Guthrie in the eighth when newcomer Josh Reddick tripled and scored on a single by Marco Scutaro.

The Red Sox pulled away in the ninth, using two-run doubles by pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald, Bill Hall and Youkilis to go up 8-0.

Baltimore ended a run of 19 straight scoreless innings in the bottom half when Scott Moore hit a two-run double, but that was perhaps the lone flaw in Boston's seventh straight road win -- its longest such run since June 2005.

The punchless Orioles have been outscored 19-2 in two games under interim manager Juan Samuel. Baltimore has scored only 16 runs during its season-high 10-game skid, including 10 over the last eight games.

"We're just trying to stay positive," Samuel said, "and the clubhouse is very positive right now."

After Youkilis homered in the seventh, Baltimore threatened in the bottom half. Lester walked the bases loaded with one out, but Daniel Bard retired pinch-hitter Luke Scott on a short fly to center and got Corey Patterson to foul out.

"If we score some runs in that inning when we had the bases loaded and we had the right guys up there, I think it was a different ballgame," Samuel said.

Lester pitched a fine game, but was angry at the way he finished after Youkilis gave Boston the lead.

"Youk did that, put us on top and that's huge," Lester said. "I've got to do a better job in the seventh inning. I got the first guy out, but it got away from me a little bit. ... I walked three guys in a row, I'm not happy. It's obviously not what I wanted to do."

The Orioles managed only six hits, went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.

For a while, though, it was a tight game.

The Red Sox had runners at second and third with two outs in the first inning before Victor Martinez struck out, the first of 15 straight batters retired by Guthrie.

Baltimore appeared poised to end the scoreless duel in the fifth inning, using two singles and a bunt to put runners at second and third with one out. But Cesar Izturis hit a popup and Patterson grounded out.

In the sixth, Scutaro hit a liner to left that sailed inches outside the foul pole. The hit was ruled foul, and after umpires reviewed a replay, the call stood.

Scutaro struck out, but Dustin Pedroia singled to give Boston its first runner since the first inning. Pedroia then stole second before David Ortiz grounded out.

Notes

  • Boston recalled Reddick from Triple-A Pawtucket because Jeremy Hermida (arm, chest) was uncertain if he could play. RHP Scott Atchison was optioned to Pawtucket.
  • The season series is tied 4-4.
  • Baltimore's Matt Wieters broke an 0 for 20 slump with a ninth-inning double.
 
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Jon Lester gets into trouble in the seventh, but Boston's 'pen and bats help him secure his seventh win.  (AP)
Jon Lester gets into trouble in the seventh, but Boston's 'pen and bats help him secure his seventh win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

K. Youkilis
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Baltimore

J. Guthrie
IP 7.1
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
 
Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS5121010 .279
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3010212 .262
David Ortiz, DH4000113 .258
Kevin Youkilis, 3B5133000 .320
Victor Martinez, 1B4100124 .288
J.D. Drew, RF3100100 .270
Jason Varitek, C3100100 .257
Josh Reddick, CF3110000 .222
   a- Darnell McDonald, PH-CF1112000 .276
Bill Hall, LF4112011 .253
Totals3589866  
a-doubled for Reddick in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis 2 (15, Guthrie, Berken), Darnell McDonald (7, Ohman), Bill Hall (3, Ohman)
3B - Josh Reddick (1, Guthrie)
HR - Kevin Youkilis (12, Guthrie)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (16), Kevin Youkilis 3 (38), Darnell McDonald 2 (16), Bill Hall 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (18)
SB - Dustin Pedroia (3, 2nd base off Guthrie/Wieters)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Martinez
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester (W,7-2) 6.1400340 2.73
Daniel Bard (H,13) 1.2000010 1.80
Joe Nelson 0.1222210 6.14
Ramon Ramirez 0.2000000 6.00
HBP - Wigginton (by Jon Lester)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 102-66, Daniel Bard 17-13, Joe Nelson 19-9, Ramon Ramirez 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 7-7, Daniel Bard 2-2, Ramon Ramirez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 26, Daniel Bard 5, Joe Nelson 5, Ramon Ramirez 2
Baltimore Orioles
Corey Patterson, LF5010005 .235
Miguel Tejada, 3B5000004 .257
Nick Markakis, RF4000000 .288
Ty Wigginton, 1B3000020 .280
Matt Wieters, C4110011 .236
Adam Jones, CF2110210 .248
Garrett Atkins, DH2010210 .214
Julio Lugo, 2B-SS2010113 .221
Cesar Izturis, SS2000003 .224
   a- Luke Scott, PH1000003 .265
    Scott Moore, 2B1012000 .176
Totals3126256  
a-flied out for Izturis in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Wieters (6, Nelson)
SH - Julio Lugo (2)
RBI - Scott Moore 2 (2)
SB - Adam Jones (2, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Wigginton-Lugo-Hernandez
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie (L,3-6) 7.1522141 3.71
David Hernandez 1011200 5.01
Will Ohman0244200 3.06
Jason Berken 0.2211120 2.25
IBB - Varitek by Will Ohman
WP - Will Ohman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 95-57, David Hernandez 16-7, Will Ohman 17-5, Jason Berken 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 9-9, David Hernandez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 28, David Hernandez 4, Will Ohman 4, Jason Berken 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40001
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Laz Diaz