Red Sox - 000 020 000 - 2 8 0 Orioles - 021 000 03x - 6 8 0Jarrod Saltalamacchia's two-run homer in the fifth brought the Red Sox to within one run, but Boston managed only two base runners over the final four innings -- singles from Josh Reddick (with two outs in the sixth) and Marco Scutaro (with two outs in the seventh; caught stealing) -- and neither of them advanced to second.
After Jeremy Guthrie (7-8-2-1-4, 110) departed, Jim Johnson retired all six batters he faced (the top six in the order), allowing only one ball out of the infield. The Red Sox lost for only the third time in their last 16 games. They are 13-3 since June 30, and remain 1.5 GA ahead of the Yankees, who lost to the Rays 3-2.
The Orioles padded their lead in the eighth, when, with two outs, Alfredo Aceves walked Matt Weiters on four pitches, and then gave up back-to-back home runs to Derrek Lee and Mark Reynolds. It was Baltimore's first B2B HRs of the year.
Kyle Weiland (6-6-3-3-2, 100) did pretty well in his second major league start. After a quick first inning, he allowed two leadoff singles and a double to Reynolds in Baltimore's two-run second. With two gone in the third, Weiland walked Nick Markakis and gave up singles to Adam Jones and Wieters.
The Orioles snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Red Sox this season, and are now 3-7 against Boston. ...Dustin Pedroia singled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 17 games and his on-base streak to 29 games. ... Reddick went 3-for-4, with a double and a run scored, and is batting .367. ... Adrian Gonzalez (0-for-4) is 2-for-24 since the Break.
Kyle Weiland / Jeremy Guthrie
Weiland has been ejected from every major league game of his career. Can he keep his streak alive?
Guthrie has a 6.96 ERA in six games (five starts) since June 21. The one relief appearance was 3.1 innings against the Red Sox on July 10.
AL East: Yankees/Rays at 7 PM.