After fourteen straight wins and two no decisions that ended in losses to the O’s, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester finally suffered an official loss to the Orioles in this 4-2 Orioles victory. Lester, who normally handcuffs the Orioles whenever he pitches, went seven innings giving up eight hits, all four earned runs, three walks, and three strikeouts. Miguel Gonzalez earned the win in his pitching performance pitching six and one-thirds innings giving up seven hits, two earned runs, one walk, and three strikeouts.
Orioles closer Jim Johnson moved himself into the Baltimore Orioles record books by earning his 46th save, which is a club record for saves in a single season. He passed Randy Myers (45 in 1997) on the list whom he was tied with for the record coming into the game tonight. The Red Sox pitching did not show any class due to Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison beaning O’s batter Robert Andino in the head in the 9th inning. Andino, drove in the winning run in the last game of the season last year that knocked Boston out of the playoffs.
One Orioles bat that stood out tonight was Matt Wieters who went 2 for 4 with three RBI’s. Mark Reynolds also drove in a run and had a mulit-hit game, as did Adam Jones and Robert Andino. The O’s have now improved to 9-4 against the Red Sox this season, they have won six games at Fenway so far which is the most in a season by the O’s since 2005.
With this win the Orioles improve to 52-21 in games decided by one or two runs this season, so the Orioles are still riding their lucky streak according to Bobby Valentine. The Orioles are also now 11-4 on the season when coming off an off day. Tomorrow’s starters will be Randy Wolf (BAL) vs. Aaron Cook (BOS), game time 7:10 pm Eastern time.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)