Erik Bedard vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka lived up to the hype. Bedard took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning and lost it with two outs when Wily Mo Pena singled to score Jason Varitek. Bedard, who retired 12 straight, was charged with two more runs after he left the game. Matsuzaka held the Orioles to one run and four hits in seven innings. He retired eight of his last nine.
The Orioles fought back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the score in the eighth, after Matsuzaka left the game. They sent eight batters to the plate against relievers Eric Gagne and Hideki Okajima. Gagne retired only one of the five batters he faced, allowing Nick Markakis' run-scoring single and Aubrey Huff's two-run double. Melvin Mora greeted Okajima with the game-tying single.
Plate umpire CB Bucknor drew the Orioles' ire in the first inning. Bedard became agitated when he couldn't get a strike call on David Ortiz, running the count to 3-0. Brian Roberts showed his displeasure on a called third strike, and manager Dave Trembley screamed at Bucknor from the top step of the dugout after Markakis was called out on strikes. Bucknor took off his mask and gestured for Trembley to sit down.
Garrett Olson makes his return to the Orioles today in a nationally televised game. The Red Sox counter with 14-game winner Josh Beckett. Olson is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts with the Orioles and 9-7 with a 3.16 ERA in 22 starts at Triple-A Norfolk. Beckett is 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles. He's tied for second in the American League with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Scott Kazmir with 49 strikeouts since July 4.