Tuesday, September 20, 2011

O's, Sox Split Doubleheader

Jeremy Guthrie and the O's beat Boston 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader...the Red Sox crushed the Orioles 18-9 in Game 2.

Guthrie (9-17) has now won three straight starts and has a chance at becoming the third starter this season to hit the 10-win mark. Guthrie gave up four runs on ten hits and a walk over six innings, striking out three in his first-ever victory at Fenway Park. Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save of the season...Kevin Gregg was nowhere in sight.

The Birds slapped three homers in the contest...Robert Andino and Nolan Reimold went deep, and J.J. Hardy set a new career high with his 28th homer of the season.

The offense stayed hot in Game 2...the O's scored three runs in the first inning but it wasn't nearly enough for a struggling Brian Matusz. Matusz allowed four runs in the bottom of the frame and was charged with six runs on six hits and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings of work. Matusz (1-8) has now lost eight straight...

Chris Jakubauskas was just as bad in relief, surrendering five runs on five hits and a walk in just one inning...the O's had cut Boston's lead to two runs before the bullpen imploded yet again, allowing seven runs to cross the plate in the seventh inning.

Still, a split with Boston is hard to complain about, especially when you consider it was the first time all season the Birds won a game at Fenway. The win also guaranteed the O's (63-90) will not lose 100 games this season. Ahhh, the little things in life.

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