Credit where it's due

Nobody to second-guess after this one, except maybe the Orioles' security people who allowed Jon Lester and J.D. Drew into the ballpark earlier today. Lester did what Jon Lester does to the Orioles -- improving to 8-0 lifetime against them -- and the Red Sox bullpen did what it has been doing to just about everybody this year. The terrific catch by Jason Bay to end the game was just a bonus for the Red Sox faithful that pumped up the crowd at Camden Yards tonight.

If Bay had not made the diving pick, the Orioles would have brought the tying run to the plate, but we're still talking about closer Jonathan Papelbon on the mound needing just one more out.

Manager Dave Trembley said after the game that it's no secret why Lester dominated the Orioles again.

"He's got three pitches,'' Trembley said. "He goes from 88-89 to 95-96 with his fastball and he cuts it in on right-handed batters...throws that sweeping breaking ball and the two-seamer away. He's just got a repertoire and he seems like when he pitches against us, he's on his game...Like I said, I wish three or four of those line drives had fallen in, but they didn't."

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