First the worst
After watching Garrett Olson struggle last month at Yankee Stadium, the Orioles wanted to see how the rookie left-hander would respond to pitching at Fenway Park. By the end of the first inning last night, they had gotten their answer, and it wasn't good. Olson made a key throwing error in the first and allowed a long three-run homer to Jason Varitek that put the Orioles in a five-run hole. The good news is he settled down after his 31-pitch inning to get into the sixth. The bad news is he did not give the Orioles a chance to build off their uplifting win in the series opener.
Colon in control
The Orioles have played a starring role in Bartolo Colon's comeback story. Two of the burly right-hander's four wins this season have come against them. Last night, he allowed one run and five hits while striking out seven over six innings to improve to 4-1 this season with a 3.41 ERA. In two starts against the Orioles this season, Colon has allowed five earned runs spanning 12 innings.
The Orioles didn't have many highlights, but left fielder Luke Scott was front and center when they did. Scott lined a double in the second inning off Colon but was left stranded at second. In the fifth, Scott crushed Colon's 1-1 pitch into the right-field seats. It was his 10th home run of the season, tying him with Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora for second on the team. Kevin Millar leads the Orioles with 11 homers. The Orioles are the only team in the American League that has five players with nine or more homers and one of two in the majors. The Florida Marlins are the other.
Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, who starts opposite Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (3-6, 3.40) in tonight's 6:05 series finale, has allowed seven earned runs and 22 hits in three starts spanning 16 1/3 innings since no-hitting the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Lester (4-3, 3.50) is 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA in five career starts against the Orioles. Guthrie has a 1-0 record and a 2.73 ERA in six career outings against the Red Sox.