NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE
After trailing 3-0, the momentum swung in the Orioles' direction in the fifth inning when they scored three runs to tie the game. And things looked even better when Doug Mirabelli botched a tag-up and couldn't score from third on David Ortiz's drive to the warning track, keeping the game tied after six innings. But the Red Sox scored four times off Rob Bell in the seventh, making the base-running gaffe an afterthought.
The Orioles, for the most part, bit their tongues, but several players and coaches were furious with the strike zone of umpire Rob Drake. Miguel Tejada argued after he was called out on strikes in the ninth. Although starter Jeremy Guthrie didn't gripe, it was clear that he was agitated with the strike zone in the second inning when he issued back-to-back walks to Mirabelli and Alex Cora, Boston's eight and nine hitters.
The Orioles' defensive woes started with the first hitter. Dustin Pedroia hit a foul ball that Aubrey Huff misjudged. Jay Payton had a miserable third inning, pulling up on Ortiz's drive after he thought Corey Patterson had called for the ball. Ortiz was credited with a double. He scored when Payton appeared to misplay Manny Ramirez's liner that went for a single. Nick Markakis also dropped a fly ball after a long run, his first error in 148 games.
The Orioles will get a three-game series under way against the Tampa Devil Rays tonight with Daniel Cabrera (7-11, 5.08) opposing James Shields (8-6, 4.47). Cabrera is 5-0 with a 3.11 ERA in nine career starts against the Devil Rays, and he pitched seven shutout innings, allowing one hit, against them last week. Shields was undefeated through his first 13 starts, but he's since lost six of nine outings.