--RHP Clay Buchholz joked that he would have to throw 17 scoreless innings Tuesday night to match the back-to-back stellar starts by Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey last weekend in Anaheim. Turns out, Buchholz wasn't even able to continue the Red Sox's run of nine consecutive strong starts. Buchholz allowed a career-high 12 hits and four runs in a 4-1 loss at Baltimore that snapped Boston's five-game winning streak. In Buchholz's five starts, opponents are batting .312 against him after he held opponents to a .226 average last season. His ERA now stands at 5.33. "Pitching with runners on base every inning is not the typical thing you want to do," Buchholz said. "I'd get two outs in an inning, make a good pitch, the guy would hit it. Runner on base, extend the inning. It's a lot of stress when you're out there throwing with a runner on first, second or third base every inning."
--1B Adrian Gonzalez is batting .281 with a .354 on-base percentage and a .416 slugging percentage, respectable numbers but hardly what the Red Sox expect from him. Likewise, Gonzalez expects more from himself. "I'm pulling off of everything," Gonzalez said after grounding to second base to kill a rally in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's loss to the Orioles. "It's one of those things for me where, right now, I'm searching. I feel good. I'm getting my hits. But it's not exactly where I'd like to be." Gonzalez finished the series opener against the Orioles by going 1-for-4 with a double in his final at-bat. "It's just mechanical," Gonzalez said. "Things happen. Aprils are usually like this for me. But for me it's a good thing that I'm right around .280 feeling this way. It's something that I've got to work through it."
--LF Carl Crawford returned to the No. 8 spot in the Red Sox's lineup Tuesday night and finished 0-for-4 in the opener of a three-game series. So much for the hope that a homer and a single in his final two at-bats Sunday were enough to snap Crawford from his early-season offensive malaise. It marked the 12th time in 21 games this season that Crawford has gone hitless. He's batting .163 in what has been his career-worst month since September 2002, during his first season in the majors.
--2B Dustin Pedroia was a one-man offensive machine in the fourth inning Tuesday night. With the Red Sox being no-hit by Orioles rookie starter Zach Britton, Pedroia singled up the middle, went to second on a groundout, stole third and scored on Kevin Youkilis' sacrifice fly by challenging Orioles CF Adam Jones' strong arm. Pedroia also made a stellar defensive play in the bottom of the first, diving to his left to stop Nick Markakis' grounder and flipping the ball to 1B Adrian Gonzalez.
BY THE NUMBERS
.360 -- DH David Ortiz's batting average against left-handed pitchers this season. Ortiz, who has struggled against lefties over the past two seasons, is 9-for-25, including 1-for-2 against Orioles LHP Zach Britton on Tuesday night.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I thought I threw the ball better tonight than I did in the earlier game (last week in Oakland) when I got a win out of it. I felt like I was throwing all my pitches for strikes. They sat back and hit a couple of good curveballs." -- RHP Clay Buchholz, after allowing four runs and a career-high 12 hits Tuesday night in Baltimore.
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