Making his second major league start on Sept. 1, Boston Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter against the Orioles. He returned from Triple-A Pawtucket last night to face them again but didn't come close to duplicating his historic feat. Leadoff hitter Brian Roberts lined a double down the left-field line, stole third base and scored on Adam Jones' sacrifice fly. Buchholz also walked three batters in the inning and surrendered a run-scoring single to Melvin Mora. He needed 29 pitches to make it back to the dugout.
Leading the pack
Left-hander Brian Burres became the Orioles' first seven-game winner, allowing three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He left the game after a four-pitch walk to Julio Lugo to begin the seventh and a fly ball from Jacoby Ellsbury. Chad Bradford replaced him and retired the next two batters to preserve a 4-3 lead. Burres has lost only once since May 11, though he has struggled to pitch deep into games. He hadn't exceeded six innings since May 22.
The Red Sox scored twice in the second inning to tie the game, getting a run-scoring single from Brandon Moss and an RBI grounder from Lugo, but most of the attention fell on first base umpire Doug Eddings. And with good reason. Eddings called Lugo out on Kevin Millar's flip to Burres, though replays at multiple angles clearly showed Lugo's foot hitting the bag as Burres reached out for the ball. It wasn't even close. Lugo and manager Terry Francona put up an angry protest, but to no avail. Ellsbury bounced out to the mound, and Burres was out of the inning.
Two more games until the All-Star break. The Orioles and Red Sox meet again tonight at 7:05, with Radhames Liz opposing knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Liz was shelled in his last outing, allowing six runs (four earned) and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in an 11-10 loss to the Texas Rangers. He also walked five. Wakefield is quite familiar with the Orioles. He's been around long enough to make 45 appearances against them, including 32 starts, going 14-13 with four saves and a 4.19 ERA in 230 innings. Seven of those innings came in a June 2 start in Baltimore, when he held them to two runs in seven innings.