Orioles Can't Get Bats Going, fall 6-2 to Sox

Baltimore couldn't complete the sweep as the offense went quiet as pitching felt the heat of Boston bats.

Baltimore couldn't complete the sweep as they fell to the Red Sox 6-2 Jim Johnson was handed the loss while Jon Lester recorded the win

Like in his last start, Bergesen got behind early, surrendering his fourth first inning run of the year to the Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury started off the game with a double and came around to score on a double by Adrian Gonzalez

The Orioles got the run back in the bottom of the inning, getting the first three batters on base Brian Roberts drew a leadoff walk and Nick Markakis extended his hit streak to five with a single After 15 games without an attempted steal—tying the franchise record—Roberts took third and came in to score on a single by Derrek Lee, who was 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position going into the at-bat

After a three up, three down inning in the second, Boston got back on top after Ellsbury singled to left field and Gonzalez singled to hit him in for his second RBI of the game

Vladimir Guerrero tied the game back up in the sixth when he went deep with a solo shot to left field

Baltimore was not able to hold onto the tie for long Leading off the seventh with a double, Crawford moved to third on a ground out by Ellsbury and was brought in on an infield single by Dustin Pedroia

They extended the lead in the eighth, getting the first four batters on Kevin Youkilis walked and David Ortiz followed with a single Loading the bases, pinch hitter Mike Cameron drew another walk Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled up the middle to bring in Youkilis Ellsbury got a two-out single up the middle to add two more runs for Boston

After six innings, Bergesen was pulled, giving up two runs on six hits He walked three and struck out five on 92 pitches—a new season high on strikeouts Leaving with the game tied, Bergesen got the no decision, keeping his career record against the Red Sox at 2-3

Coming out of the pen, Jim Johnson took over in the seventh, giving up a run on two hits, and walked the leadoff man in the eighth Mike Gonzalez inherited the runner when he took the mound, facing four batters in his 0 1 innings worked Relieving Gonzalez, Jason Berken came on to finish the inning, allowing two runs to come across Josh Rupe pitched the ninth inning as he faced four batters and gave up two hits, using a ground out double play to finish the inning

Jon Lester went a strong eight innings for Boston, allowing two runs on four hits He continues his dominating win streak against the O's, going to 14-0 lifetime in 17 starts Jonathon Papelbon came on in the ninth, retiring the side in order in the non-save situation

Oriole bats could not get it going against Boston pitching, limited to only four hits with two being for extra bases They left four on base and were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position The Birds were sat down in order five times on the night with 10 batters being retired consecutively from the end of the first inning until Adam Jones drew a walk in the fourth

Tomorrow the Orioles travel to Chicago as Jake Arrieta (2-1) will take the mound against John Danks (0-3)

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