Orioles - 103 110 000 - 6 10 1Smoltz (5-9-6-1-6, 83) has been annoyed with himself for being unable to slam the door on a rally and record the third out in an inning without allowing a run. He had the same problem today; four of Baltimore's six runs scored with two outs.
Red Sox - 000 010 010 - 2 6 0
In the third, the Orioles had a man on second and two outs. But Smoltz allowed back-to-back RBI doubles to Nick Markakis and Nolan Reimold and, after a visit from John Farrell, gave up a run-scoring single to Ty Wigginton. Boston trailed 4-1. With two outs in the fourth, Brian Roberts singled and Felix Pie doubled him in.
The Sox could do little with Hernandez, who retired the first nine batters and 13 of the first 14. Jacoby Ellsbury and Adam LaRoche each had two singles.
The Yankees beat the A's 7-5, so Boston is back to 2.5 GB.
David Hernandez (3.55, 128 ERA+) / John Smoltz (6.31, 74 ERA+)
Hernandez is a rookie right-handeder with seven games (six starts) under his belt. He's fortunate to have a good ERA considering how many baserunners he's allowed: 41 hits and 15 walks in 38 innings (1.474 WHIP).
Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek have the afternoon off.
Also: Athletics/Yankees at 1 PM.