Play it again -- Red Sox 6, Orioles 2

August 12, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Slow starter

Rookie Garrett Olson didn't look like he'd stick around long, but he lasted 6 1/3 innings in his third major league start. Olson allowed two runs in the second inning and two more in the third, when his pitch count rose to 63. But he shut down the Boston Red Sox over the next three innings before leaving with two runners on base in the seventh. Reliever Paul Shuey stranded them.

Quiet offense

A day after rallying for five runs in the last two innings, the Orioles couldn't do much with Josh Beckett, who came within a strike of a six-hit shutout. Miguel Tejada and Kevin Millar drove in runs with two outs in the ninth, and Beckett left the game to a standing ovation from Red Sox fans. The Orioles wasted two singles in the first, with Tejada grounding into a double play. Beckett retired eight in a row at one point, and 10 of the last 13 he faced. He walked none.

Umpire issues

Shuey got the second out of the seventh inning by striking out Manny Ramirez. David Ortiz was running on the pitch, and catcher Ramon Hernandez couldn't make a throw because Ramirez's bat struck him on top of the head on the follow-through. Plate umpire Joe West ordered Ortiz back to first base rather than calling him out, which had an Orioles official reaching for his rule book. As it turns out, a runner can return to his original base on unintentional interference.

On deck

The series, and the homestand, conclude today with Steve Trachsel opposing former Oriole Curt Schilling. Trachsel is winless in his past eight starts, his last victory coming June 8. He's 3-0 at Camden Yards this season. Trachsel has started twice against the Red Sox this year, allowing three earned runs (five total) and 10 hits in 10 1/3 innings. He's walked nine and struck out three.

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