Play it Again -- Red Sox 6, Orioles 1

April 26, 2007|By MICHAEL GLUSKIN

Key at-bat

With two on and two out in the seventh, Orioles left-handed relief specialist Jamie Walker entered the game to face David Ortiz. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Ortiz battled back, fouling off five pitches. On the 11th pitch of the at-bat, Ortiz blooped a ball into short left field and it fell just in front of a charging Jay Payton, giving the Red Sox a one-run edge. Boston, which got four walks in the inning, tacked on two more runs.

In rhythm

Red Sox starter Curt Schilling continued his strong season, giving up a run and five hits over seven innings. At least one Oriole reached base in every inning against Schilling, but he pitched around any potential trouble. Ever since a poor Opening Day, Schilling has pitched at least seven innings in his next four starts, posting a 2.17 ERA during that span.

Trading shots

Alex Cora's third-inning homer and Miguel Tejada's sixth-inning shot provided some offensive firepower. The ninth hitter in the Red Sox's lineup took advantage of a hanging breaking ball from Daniel Cabrera, hitting it over the wall in right-center field to give Boston an early lead. Tejada tied the game for the Orioles, crushing a ball to left field, his first homer since the season opener.

On deck

The Orioles and Red Sox complete their two-game series tonight. The Orioles will pitch Adam Loewen (2-0, 3.72), who has not pitched six innings in any of his four starts this season, and has walked 19 in 19 1/3 innings. Josh Beckett (4-0, 2.55), who has given up one run in three of his four starts, will pitch for Boston.

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