Orioles starter Steve Trachsel cruised into the fourth inning before he completely lost his control. He walked three and gave up a run in a 39-pitch fourth inning. And he never could get out of the fifth, issuing a one-out walk to Kevin Youkilis and back-to-back RBI doubles to David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. In 4 1/3 innings, he allowed four runs (three earned). His struggles forced manager Sam Perlozzo to go deep into his bullpen, leading to ugly results.
Because Perlozzo wanted to give Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford a rest, long reliever Jon Leicester and Todd Williams were forced to take the brunt of yesterday's loss. Leicester gave up four earned runs on three walks and two hits before he left with shoulder problems after 1 2/3 innings. Williams allowed five earned runs on seven hits, also in 1 2/3 .
Rally thwarts Schilling
Down three runs, the Orioles staged a nice rally to tie the game in the sixth inning and knock Red Sox ace Curt Schilling out of the game. They loaded the bases with three straight singles and then scored on Jay Gibbons' single and Jay Payton's walk. Schilling was then removed, and Javier Lopez gave up an RBI groundout to Corey Patterson, tying the game at 4. After entering 3-for-17 against Schilling, Gibbons was 3-for-3 with two doubles against him yesterday.
In the series finale, Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 4.64) will face Boston right-hander Josh Beckett (7-0, 2.51). With a victory, Beckett would tie a Red Sox record for consecutive winning starts at the beginning of the season. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.