The Orioles took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning when Brian Roberts hit a solo home run off Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Nick Markakis followed with a double, and after a groundout by Melvin Mora, Lester surrendered two-out walks to Kevin Millar and Aubrey Huff to load the bases. Lester appeared to be tiring, but it wasn't evident when he struck out Ramon Hernandez on three pitches to get out of the jam. The Red Sox tied the game in the top of the sixth, and the Orioles didn't threaten again until the ninth inning.
HR CLUB'S NEW MEMBER
With flashbulbs popping and fans chanting his name, Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez became the 24th member of baseball's 500-home run club. With the Red Sox leading by a run in the top of the seventh inning, Ramirez hit Chad Bradford's first pitch into the right-center-field seats for the milestone home run. Ramirez walked several strides toward first base before breaking out in a home run trot that has become all too familiar to Orioles pitchers, who have allowed 32 of Ramirez's 500 homers. Ramirez hugged Mike Lowell after crossing home plate and then embraced his teammates, who waited for him outside the visiting dugout.
RUN, JACOBY, RUN
Count Hernandez among the Orioles who will be happy when this series ends and Jacoby Ellsbury will be somewhere else. The Red Sox rookie center fielder continued to hurt the Orioles on the base paths last night, stealing three more bases, giving him six in the series. Ellsbury leads the American League with 26 steals in 28 attempts. In the series, the Red Sox have nine steals in 10 attempts against the Orioles. The only runner the Orioles caught was Coco Crisp, who was hung up after Alex Cora botched a suicide-squeeze bunt in the second inning on Friday.
Game 3 of the series starts today at 1:35 p.m. and features a pitching matchup of Orioles left-hander Brian Burres (4-4, 4.15) and Boston right-hander Bartolo Colon (2-0, 2.25). Burres is 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA in eight career appearances against the Red Sox, but only one of them was a start. In his start against the Red Sox in May 2007, Burres surrendered two earned runs in five innings. Colon, a former Cy Young Award winner, is 8-6 with a 3.27 ERA in 17 career starts against the Orioles. The Red Sox signed Colon, who struggled with injuries last season, to a minor league deal, and he has given them a lift since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket.