Red Sox - 000 100 000 - 1 6 0 Orioles - 011 010 10x - 4 12 1Boston could get nothing going against Britton (6-5-1-2-2, 94) and two relievers, while the Orioles chipped away at Buchholz (6.2-12-4-2-5, 104), getting at least one runner on base in every inning and scoring three of their four runs on sacrifice flies.
Buchholz set a career-high for hits allowed. He had allowed 10 hits to the Tigers on May 7, 2008 (I was at that game!), and given up nine hits on four other occasions, including twice to the Yankees last season.
Dustin Pedroia singled to start the fourth. He took second on Adrian Gonzalez's grounder, stole third, and scored on Kevin Youkilis's fly ball. With two outs in the fifth, Jason Varitek singled, Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, and Pedroia walked, loading the bases. Gonzalez grounded to second.
Gonzalez doubled to open the eighth, but he was stranded there as Yook popped to first and David Ortiz and Jed Lowrie struck out.
The White Sox edged the Yankees 3-2, so Boston remains 3 GB.
Clay Buchholz / Zach Britton
Britton, a 23-year-old left-hander, made his major league debut on April 3. This is his fifth start.
After beginning the season 6-1, the Orioles have lost 11 of their last 13 games. Baltimore has scored more than three runs in only four of those 13 games and they have a team OBP of .287, only .001 better than AL-worst Tampa Bay.
The Yankees were shut out last night, so Boston is 3 GB.
AL East: White Sox/Yankees at 7 PM; Blue Jays/Rangers and Rays/Twins at 8 PM.