Red Sox - 010 101 000 - 3 11 0The sixth spot in the order scored all three runs tonight as Buchholz went six innings (6-5-1-3-1, 95). The Red Sox have a 6.5-game lead in the wild card and a Yankees loss would bring Boston to within six in the East. (The Joy of Six?)
Orioles - 010 000 000 - 1 5 0
Casey Kotchman went 3-for-4, singling in Jason Bay with the first Boston run. After the Orioles tied the game on a Luke Scott dong, Bay went deep to start the fourth. Josh Reddick replaced Bay in left in the fifth. He singled to start the sixth and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's single.
LBJ had two opposite field hits and stolen base #62. Victor Martinez also had two hits. ... The bullpen trio of Daniel Bard, Hideki Ojakima and Jonathan Papelbon put up a 3-0-0-1-3 line. The one baserunner was a one-out walk by Bard, who then struck out the next two hitters.
Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run home run off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the bottom of the ninth -- his fourth hit of the night -- to give the Mariners a 3-2 win over the Yankees. The Angels shut out the Rangers 2-0. Boston is 6 GB in the East and 7 GA in the WC.
Clay Buchholz (3.66, 129 ERA+) / Jeremy Guthrie (5.06, 92 ERA+)
The Red Sox -- 52-22 at home but only 34-37 away from Fenway -- hit the road for their final trip of the season: three in Baltimore, four in Kansas City, and three in New York. (After that, it's back home for three against Toronto and four against Cleveland. Then it's playoff time!)
Boston starters have allowed three runs or fewer in 10 consecutive games -- 1.79 ERA in 65.1 innings. ... Victor Martinez has a 16-game hitting streak (.357, 20-for-56) and Jacoby Ellsbury has hit in nine of his last ten games (.400, 14-for-35_.
Guthrie leads the AL in losses (14) earned runs allowed (97) and home runs allowed (30). However, he has allowed only one dong in his last four starts and only four in eight starts since July 31. ... Joey Gathright is 4-for-4 against Guthrie and Jason Bay is 5-for-10 (more; and here are the Birds vs Laptop).
And: Angels/Rangers at 8 and Yankees/Mariners at 10.