Play it again -- Red Sox 3, Orioles 2

The Baltimore Sun


A day after being no-hit by Boston rookie Clay Buchholz, the Orioles found scoring chances more plentiful in the series finale but squandered most of them. Miguel Tejada, after tagging up, was thrown out at home by right fielder J.D. Drew in the fourth inning. Kevin Millar was caught too far off second base in the sixth after Melvin Mora's RBI single. In the eighth, Nick Markakis reached third base with one out but was stranded after Millar and Aubrey Huff struck out.


To the Orioles, it must have looked like the Red Sox had more than nine players on the field. First baseman Kevin Youkilis robbed Markakis of a potential RBI double in the first. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury robbed Tike Redman and Jay Payton, respectively, of hits in the fifth. Brandon Moss caught Markakis' liner against the Green Monster in the sixth. And in the ninth, Coco Crisp made a diving catch of Ramon Hernandez's blooper.


Daniel Cabrera, who has struggled mightily against the Red Sox in his career, shrugged off a rocky first inning to turn in a quality start. But it wasn't good enough to avoid his 14th loss. In six innings, Cabrera allowed three earned runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out seven. He threw 117 pitches. Cabrera surrendered an RBI single off the Green Monster to Mike Lowell in the first, a bases-empty home run to Ellsbury in the fourth and a sacrifice fly to Lowell in the fifth.


Orioles left-hander Kurt Birkins (1-1, 8.00 ERA) will make his first major league start tonight against Tampa Bay Devil Rays right-hander James Shields (10-8, 4.10) as a three-game series gets under way at Tropicana Field. Birkins has a 10.13 ERA in five career appearances against the Devil Rays. Shields is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in four starts this season against the Orioles. He faced them Aug. 29, getting a no-decision while allowing four earned runs in eight innings.

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