Play it again -- Red Sox 7, Orioles 6

September 07, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Injured Olson

The night wasn't going smoothly for Orioles rookie left-hander Garrett Olson. Then it became much shorter than he anticipated. Olson left after 3 2/3 innings with stiffness in his left forearm and is listed as day-to-day. He allowed five runs and five hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. Three runs scored on Coco Crisp's homer in the fourth inning that wiped out a 4-2 lead. Olson faced one more batter, striking out Kevin Cash.

More breakdowns

Olson had other issues besides his arm. Twice in the third inning, he threw to the wrong base, eliciting gestures of frustration from a few teammates. With runners on first and second and no outs, he fielded a bouncer, glanced toward third and threw to first. The Orioles still had a shot at a double play, but Kevin Millar made a late throw to third. Olson fielded another bouncer, had the runner caught between third and home and again threw to first.

Solving Buchholz

The Orioles finally got a hit off Clay Buchholz, but they waited until last night's relief appearance. Buchholz no-hit the Orioles on Saturday night at Fenway Park, but Tim Wakefield's return didn't leave room for the rookie, so he came out of the bullpen to replace Kyle Snyder in the sixth inning. Brian Roberts walked and Tike Redman singled for his third hit of the night. The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs and failed to score, keeping the game tied at 6.

On deck

The second of four games against the Red Sox takes place tonight with Daniel Cabrera opposing Jon Lester. Cabrera has posted almost identical lines in his past two starts, both losses: six innings, five hits, three runs, four walks. He struck out seven in Sunday's loss in Boston, and eight in an Aug. 28 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Lester was the winning pitcher Sunday, holding the Orioles to two runs over six innings.

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