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BALTIMORE -- As the AL East race heads into September, the Baltimore Orioles aren't playing like a last-place team anymore and the Boston Red Sox no longer have the look of a contender.

Rookie Brian Matusz won his third consecutive start, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Josh Beckett and the fading Red Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night to cap a memorable first month under manager Buck Showalter.

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Luke Scott hit his career-high 26th homer, had two RBI and scored twice to help the Orioles extend their winning streak to four. Baltimore went 17-11 in August, 17-10 with Showalter in the dugout.

"It's been fun, what can you say? We are getting pitching, we are getting defense and we are getting offense," right fielder Nick Markakis said. "When you get all three of those, good things happen."

The Orioles last had a winning August in 1997 -- the most recent season in which they finished above .500.

"The positive thing is we are doing it against teams that we have struggled with in the past," Markakis said.

Baltimore went 6-0 against the Los Angeles Angels in August and finished the month by beating Boston. The Orioles were 4-24 against those teams last year.

Matusz (7-12) allowed two runs, six hits and a walk in six-plus innings. The left-hander struck out six, including David Ortiz three times.

Koji Uehara, the third Baltimore reliever, retired all five batters he faced to earn his fifth save.

Jed Lowrie homered for the Red Sox, who have dropped three straight. Boston fell eight games behind AL East-leader New York and remained seven games behind second-place Tampa Bay.

"We've got to win games," Lowrie said. "We don't have any other choice."

Lowrie was one of few players to make himself available in the sullen Boston clubhouse. Beckett left by the time reporters were allowed to enter and Ortiz refused to talk.

Beckett (4-4), who came in with a 6.50 ERA, gave up three runs, two earned, and seven hits in seven innings.

"We expect that from Beckett," manager Terry Francona said. "We've come for a long time to lean on him. Tonight was more what he can do."

Baltimore got a first-inning run when Markakis doubled and scored on a single by Scott, who ended a 2-for-21 slump. Markakis became the first player in Orioles history to hit 40 doubles in four successive seasons.

"It's definitely something to be excited about," he said. "You're going to have your struggles, but it's always good to get something like that."

It became 3-0 in the third. With runners on the corners and two outs, Adam Jones hit a grounder in the hole to shortstop Marco Scutaro, who threw wildly to second. Jones was credited with an RBI single, and another run scored while right fielder J.D. Drew retrieved the ball.

"I have nothing to say. I just made a bad throw. That's it," Scutaro said. "I don't have any excuses."

Lowrie ended Baltimore's run of 30 straight scoreless innings in the fifth, hitting his fourth homer following a leadoff single by Mike Lowell. It was only the third home run allowed by Matusz in his last seven starts.

"I made a bad pitch right there, but that's going to happen," Matusz said. "I was able to really come back and bear down and finish it off."

The Red Sox got runners at first and third with two outs in the sixth before Lowell looked at a third strike.

Scott and Felix Pie both hit solo shots off Felix Doubront in the eighth.

Notes

Ortiz is 0 for 9 with eight strikeouts lifetime against Matusz. ... Francona said Boston will reactivate C Jarrod Saltalamacchia and INF/OF Eric Patterson from the 15-day DL when rosters expand on Wednesday. ... Jones (bruised shoulder) returned after missing five games and 2B Brian Roberts (hip strain) returned after missing two games. ... 2B Dustin Pedroia (sore left foot) and C Jason Varitek (fractured right foot), who are both on the 15-day DL, will be examined on Wednesday by Dr. George Theodore in Baltimore, Francona said. ... The Orioles are 8-1 in series-opening games under Showalter. Before his arrival, they were 9-25.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

L. Scott
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

J. Lowrie
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Marco Scutaro, SS4000003 .272
Darnell McDonald, CF3010001 .272
   a- Daniel Nava, PH-LF1000012 .256
Victor Martinez, C4020001 .294
David Ortiz, DH4000032 .262
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010001 .322
Mike Lowell, 1B4110013 .235
J.D. Drew, RF3000121 .253
Jed Lowrie, 2B3122000 .288
    Ryan Kalish, PR-CF1000010 .228
Bill Hall, LF-2B3010000 .239
Totals3428218  
a-struck out for McDonald in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (10, Matusz)
HR - Jed Lowrie (4, Matusz)
SH - Bill Hall (2)
RBI - Jed Lowrie 2 (11)
SB - Darnell McDonald (8, 2nd base off Matusz/Wieters)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Marco Scutaro (17, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett (L,4-4) 7732150 6.21
Felix Doubront 1222012 4.32
WP - Josh Beckett (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 106-70, Felix Doubront 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 13-3, Felix Doubront 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 29, Felix Doubront 5
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B4120000 .267
Nick Markakis, RF4110012 .286
Ty Wigginton, 1B4010002 .250
Luke Scott, DH3222111 .289
Adam Jones, CF4011022 .275
Felix Pie, LF4111003 .286
Matt Wieters, C4010010 .246
Cesar Izturis, SS3000001 .234
Josh Bell, 3B3000010 .221
Totals3359416  
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (40, Beckett)
HR - Luke Scott (26, Doubront), Felix Pie (5, Doubront)
RBI - Luke Scott 2 (62), Adam Jones (53), Felix Pie (16)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (24), Felix Pie (10)
Team LOB - 5
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brian Matusz (W,7-12) 6622161 4.72
Jim Johnson (H,4) 1200010 5.40
Mike Gonzalez (H,6) 0.1000000 4.02
Koji Uehara (S,5) 1.2000010 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 98-64, Jim Johnson 25-18, Mike Gonzalez 2-1, Koji Uehara 21-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 3-9, Jim Johnson 2-0, Koji Uehara 2-2
Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 25, Jim Johnson 5, Mike Gonzalez 1, Koji Uehara 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18247
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Lance Barksdale