A satisfying win, despite Mike Timlin's super-shaky ninth. Matt Clement pitched eight innings, Kevin Millar homered and drove in three, David Ortiz reached base in three of four appearances, including Bomb #37 beyond the Sox pen, Edgar Renteria singled twice, Jason Varitek walked twice; seven different Sox scored one run apiece.
I cannot believe that anyone pays Buck Martinez, one of the Orioles announcers I had to listen to on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, to talk about baseball. The man speaks with the strongest possible conviction -- and is a colossal moron.
Before the game, Martinez said Kevin Youkilis was making his 6th start at second base. As Martinez spoke, the on-screen graphic said it was Yook's first start. ... He mentioned Manny Ramirez's 6th error, then referred to it as his 7th error in his next sentence.
In talking about Curt Schilling, he implied that Schilling pitched for Philadelphia between his stints with Arizona and Boston. ... He mentioned Clement's AL-leading winning percentage at least twice during the broadcast. Winning percentage! But then he also talked about how Clement had received no-decisions in five of his last seven starts.
Gabe Kapler doubled to start the Red Sox 3rd. He took third on a grounder and scored on a fly ball. Martinez said that when a pitcher gives up a double to start an inning, he should simply concede a run to the opposing team. ... In the very next half-inning, Miguel Tejada doubled. Martinez said the O's really needed to take advantage of the hit. I guess Clement didn't get the memo about conceding the run (though thanks to two Sox outfield errors, two runs did score that inning).
Finally, after Damon and Renteria began the fifth with singles, Martinez said that putting those two guys at the top of the lineup was the best protection for Ortiz. ... I thought the idea of protection (if it even exists) was that the hitter after the batter at the plate is being protected. For example, you wouldn't want to walk Edgar because Ortiz is on deck, so Edgar might get a better pitch to hit. Ortiz protects Edgar, not the other way around.
Wells / Lopez at 2:00.