Shit. Matt Clement couldn't hold leads of 5-1 and 8-3, allowing 12 hits and seven runs in 4.2 innings. Melvin Mora and Miguel Tejada each had four hits. Keith Foulke, entrusted with an 8-7 lead in the eighth, coughed it up, allowing two two-run home runs before getting a second out.
Baltimore starter Rodrigo Lopez was not much better than Clement. He had allowed only five earned runs in his last four starts combined against Boston. He gave up that many runs in the second inning. But his teammates got him off the hook.
Manny Ramirez had three hits and five RBI for Boston, including a line drive three-run home run into the Monster seats that chased Lopez, but a quarter of Orioles relievers shut the Sox out after the fourth inning. Johnny Damon remained hot, with two doubles, and Bill Mueller, back in the lineup, reached base three times in five trips.
The Orioles hold a three-game lead over the Red Sox in the East. Wakefield goes in a 1:00 game Wednesday afternoon.