With his team leading the Boston Red Sox by two runs heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Dave Trembley handed the ball to Paul Shuey, who faced two batters and couldn't get an out. John Parrish relieved him, and he also faced two batters without getting an out as David Ortiz hit an RBI double off the Green Monster and Parrish issued an intentional walk. Chad Bradford came in, but he allowed a two-run double to Kevin Youkilis that gave the Red Sox the lead.
GETTING JOB DONE
With Garrett Olson dominating at Triple-A and making it harder and harder for the front office to not find a spot for him in the major league rotation, Steve Trachsel authored his best performance since late May. It wasn't pretty, and it rarely is for Trachsel. But he allowed only one unearned run in six innings of work. He allowed five hits and walked five, while striking out two. It was the first time Trachsel pitched six complete innings since June 13. In his previous six starts, Trachsel was 0-3 with a 9.22 ERA.
A big part of the Orioles' success recently has been their ability to score early. It happened again last night as they had a run on the board before Boston's first at-bat and added two more before its second at-bat. Nick Markakis hit a bases-empty homer off Julian Tavarez in the first, his 11th of the season and his first since July 13. Chris Gomez and Brian Roberts then hit RBI doubles in the second inning to account for the Orioles 3-0 lead. The Orioles have had the lead in 84 of their 106 games.
Jeremy Guthrie (7-3, 2.89) will take the mound for the Orioles in this afternoon's series finale against Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (12-9, 4.59). Guthrie, who has won three straight starts, held the Red Sox to one unearned run in 8 1/3 innings in his only start at Fenway Park this season but he was denied a win when the Orioles bullpen gave up a five-run lead.