Red Sox - 430 310 030 - 14 16 1This game had no business being this close. ... But we're 3-1 now and in sole possession of first place. As I type this, the Yankees are alone in the cellar.
Orioles - 000 000 440 - 8 15 0
After a bunt single by Coco Crisp to start the game, Daniel Cabrera walked six of the next eight Boston hitters. He faced 10 batters in the first and threw 42 pitches; the Red Sox scored four times, yet hit three fair balls. ... In the second, Cabrera threw another 18 pitches (double, popup, single, walk) before getting the hook.
With 16 hits and 14 walks and 2 HBP, everyone had a hand: Youkilis reached base five times; Lowell had two hits and a walk; Loretta walked twice, singled and doubled; Nixon homered and drive in four; Manny had three hits and scored three times; Crisp, Loretta and Nixon each scored twice; and Alex Cora came off the bench to stroke a first-pitch, two-run double.
In his first start of the new season, Matt Clement was economical -- at least until the seventh inning. I followed the game online, so I can't say how his stuff was.
H R W K PITRudy Seanez pitched the 8th. His first six pitches: ball 1, double, single, foul, single, home run. It's almost impossible to give up four runs any quicker than that. (Thanks for playing, Rudy. Bye-bye.) ... Keith Foulke allowed a one-out single in the 9th, then got a game-ending double play. SoSH reports he looked much better.
Innings 1-6: 4 0 1 6 69
Inning 7: 5 4 0 1 31
Pitches ThrownDavid Wells's line for Pawtucket: 5-6-7-3-1. He allowed two HR and the Pawsox lost 9-1.
Orioles P - 42 33 15 22 31 24 6 31 21 - 223
Red Sox P - 14 11 6 13 13 12 31 32 10 - 142
Previews: Boston - Baltimore.