The sentiment in the Orioles' clubhouse after tonight's 5-4 victory was predictable. Everyone felt that it was important to bounce back and reclaim the game after blowing a four-run lead in the eighth, and everyone agreed that Jeremy Guthrie got another raw deal after a solid six-inning performance.
"Jeremy threw the hell out of the ball,'' said Adam Jones, who hit his fifth home run in the fourth inning. "I wish he could have gotten the victory, but he threw the hell out of the ball."
Guthrie was satisfied with his performance but didn't curse the fates. He chose instead to point out that if he had been able to pitch a couple of more innings and turn the ball over to closer Kevin Gregg himself, he might have gotten the "W."
The problem was the high number of pitches fouled off by the tough Red Sox lineup, which ran up his pitch count and made it impractical for him to come back out for the seventh, but he chose to look on the bright side.
"Usually, they hit my pitches a lot farther,'' Guthrie said, "so I'll take the foul balls. If they're going backwards or straight up, we'll take 'em, or into Matt Wieters' glove as it was in one case tonight. Matt continues to do a great job. He makes a lot of plays that help us as pitchers."
Luke Scott, who got the Orioles on the board with a Eutaw Street shot with a runner on in the fourth, also appeared to get under the skin of Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, who appeared to be yelling at him as he rounded the bases.
"When I got into the dugout, the guys said he was yelling or something like that,'' Scott said. "I've got all the respect in the world for Josh Beckett. He's one of the best pitchers in the game. I respect every pitcher who takes the mound against me. He is a tremendous competitor, and there are emotions. I'm an emotional person, so I can understand people getting emotional."