You could smell this one from the press box (or that might have been Schmuck's cologne).

Jeremy Guthrie pitched exceptionally well. He allowed just one run in his first seven innings pitched – a homer to Kevin Youkilis to lead off the seventh – but the Orioles couldn't score.


And they had their chance. Jon Lester, who kills the Orioles, walked three consecutive batters with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Flame-throwing Daniel Bard entered to face pinch-hitter Luke Scott and Corey Patterson.

Scott hit a pop up to center that was too shallow to score Adam Jones from third base. Then Patterson hit a foul pop to third to end the inning. No productive outs. No runs scored.

And that looks to be that.

The Red Sox scored another run in eighth, have chased Guthrie and now the Orioles have just one chance left to make a comeback here.

Heading into the top of the 9th, the Orioles haven't scored in 19 innings.

By the way, Guthrie's line was: 7 1/3 IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB, 4Ks. And he'll likely get the loss – that's too bad for someone who shut down such a good offense.

A second by the way: Jake Arrieta has pitched two innings in relief at Norfolk. So he is not starting in Baltimore in the next couple days, one can assume.