Monday, April 20, 2009

Baltimore Tries to Avoid Sweep Against Boston

It goes without saying the Orioles have run into a road block this weekend as the Red Sox again won up at Fenway, 2-1, on a cool Sunday. Koji Uehara, who started the game for Baltimore, was solid and perhaps had his best start in the majors to date, giving up two runs in only seven innings. Mike Lowell drove in a run in the second inning, and Dustin Pedroia drove one in during the fifth. The offense could not lift Uehara, and as a result, he took the loss - his first in the majors.

Baltimore seems to always struggle against the Red Sox, and Jon Lester was nothing short of brilliant, as he threw seven shutout innings, struck out nine and just allowed four hits. Baltimore's only run came off reliever Takashi Saito in the ninth inning, as he gave up two hits and allowed Nick Markakis to score, but got the final two outs to end the contest.

The Orioles will try avoid the sweep today, but right now, they are down 3-1 to the Red Sox as Mark Hendrickson is on the mound. Making matters worse on the injury front, Ryan Freel left Monday's game after getting hit in the face with a ball during a pick-of attempt; meanwhile, Adam Jones is sitting out today due to pulling a hamstring in Sunday's game.

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