Orioles - 070 100 000 - 8 11 1Penny wasn't worth a plugged nickel in the second, throwing 40 pitches, walking three Orioles (including two with the bases loaded) and giving up a grand slam to Nick Markakis.
Red Sox - 041 032 00x - 10 12 0
But the Red Sox rallied. In the home half, they scored four times, two coming on Jason Bay's third dong of the young season. They actually had the tying run at the plate, but Kevin Youkilis grounded out to end the inning.
J.D. Drew hit a solo homer to start the third and Nick Green's two-run double off the wall in dead center brought in two more, tying the game in the fifth. A sac fly from Bay and a single from Mike Lowell gave the Sox their go-ahead runs.
Drew finished the night having reached base five times (three walks, home run, triple) and scoring thrice. Green and Jacoby Ellsbury each had two hits and Dustin Pedroia had three. David Ortiz continued to struggle, hitting a sac fly in the second, striking out three times and popping up to third.
Manny Delcarmen pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, though he did allow an inherited runner to score. Ramon Ramirez came on with two on and two outs in the sixth and retired Ty Wigginton, set down the side in order in the seventh, then wilted in the seventh, allowing two one-out singles. On came Hideki Okajima, who got Markakis to fly to the track in center, then struck out Aubrey Huff. Jonathan Papelbon surrendered a lead-off single in the ninth, but got two first-pitch fly balls to right and then fanned Felix Pie to save it.
Jeremy Guthrie (2.25, 227 ERA+) / Brad Penny (4.50, 116 ERA+)
The 3-6 Red Sox are happy to be back at Fenway Park. They begin nine-game home stand (against the Orioles, Twins and Yankees) tonight.
Penny allowed five hits and three runs over six innings against the Angels last Saturday. He has pitched in Fenway Park only once before: June 29, 2003. He allowed nine hits and nine runs in five innings and Boston beat Florida 11-7. That was two days after the infamous 25-8 rout of the Marlins. ... Guthrie threw six shutout innings against the Rays last Saturday.
Jason Bay has reached base in all nine games this year, and in 22 consecutive regular season starts dating back to September 12, 2008.