A recap of the Orioles' 12-1 loss to the Red Sox last night:
The Red Sox gave Orioles starter Radhames Liz a rude welcome in the first inning. Making his second career appearance at Fenway Park, Liz fell behind 2-0 on consecutive solo homers by J.D. Drew and Manny Ramirez. Both balls were hit to the opposite field. Drew cleared the Green Monster in left, and Ramirez reached the bullpen area in right. It was the 10th time this season that Boston hit back-to-back homers, and it happened after Liz retired the first two batters on ground balls.
The Red Sox sent 12 batters to the plate in the third inning and scored seven runs to break open the game. Liz retired only one, striking out Jacoby Ellsbury to start the inning. He loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit batter, and forced in a run by walking Mike Lowell. Kevin Youkilis followed with his first career grand slam, and a walk to Sean Casey brought manager Dave Trembley from the dugout. Liz retired six of the 16 batters he faced. Nick Markakis threw out Casey trying to stretch a single into a double in the second inning.
Given a huge cushion to work with, Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield never relaxed enough to let the Orioles back in the game. He held them to two hits in seven innings - a single by Kevin Millar in the second and a solo homer by Ramon Hernandez in the third. Hernandez cleared the Green Monster to reduce Boston's lead to 2-1. It was his eighth homer this season, but it got buried in the avalanche of runs scored by the Red Sox in the bottom half of the inning.
One more game before the All-Star break (1:35 p.m.), and it features Daniel Cabrera for the Orioles and Daisuke Matsuzaka for the Red Sox. Cabrera has faced the Red Sox three times this season. He beat them May 14, allowing three runs and 10 hits in seven innings. He lost to them May 30 despite allowing only two runs and six hits in seven innings. He didn't get the decision June 10, when he surrendered six runs and seven hits in five innings, with four walks, in the Orioles' 10-6 victory. Lifetime, he is 2-9 with a 7.11 ERA in 14 starts. Matsuzaka's only loss came June 21, when he allowed seven runs in one inning to the St. Louis Cardinals. He has given up nine runs in 9 2/3 career innings against the Orioles.