The Orioles have lost two night games and an afternoon game to the Boston Red Sox, so maybe tomorrow's morning game will do the trick. There was no shame in today's 2-1 loss, but it was still the fourth loss in a row for the O's, who now have evened their record at 6-6 after a strong start.
Koji Uehara pitched very well, which was encouraging after his seven-run struggle against the Texas Rangers, but the Orioles fell for the seventh time in seven career decisions for Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who got well against them after getting off to an 0-2 start.
This one came down to bloop RBI single by Mike Lowell and -- in my mind -- a two-on, no-out situation in the sixth in which the Orioles could not get a sacrifice bunt down with the heart of the order coming to the plate. Now, it's up to Mark Hendrickson to avert a four-game sweep in a series that started with the Orioles jumping out to a seven-run lead on Friday night.
So it goes.
Minor league update: Brian Matusz appears to be destined for his first professional loss today in Frederick. He pitched six innings, struck out eight and gave up just one earned run, but the Salem Red Sox scored a total of four runs off him on seven hits and broke open a close game after he left. They lead, 8-3, in the eighth inning.