Play It Again

August 19, 2008|By DAN CONNOLLY

A recap of the Orioles' 6-3 loss to the Red Sox last night:

High quality from Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie (above) pitched his fifth straight quality start and his American League-leading 19th in 27 attempts this season. He allowed five hits, five walks and just two runs - both on homers - in seven innings. He broke a tie with the Cleveland Indians' Cliff Lee for the AL lead. But Boston's Jon Lester pitched a gem, and the Red Sox scored four runs in the final two innings against the Orioles' bullpen.

Huff adds to homer lead

The Orioles got on the board in the fourth inning with a solo homer by designated hitter Aubrey Huff. It was Huff's team-leading 27th homer of the season, tying him with Cleveland's Grady Sizemore for fifth in the AL. It was his 85th RBI, and he added two more on a double in the eighth inning.

One more day for 50 million

The game drew an announced 40,429 to Camden Yards, leaving the park 2,861 shy of the 50 million mark for its 17-season history. It guarantees that tonight's game will feature the 50 millionth fan, who will receive $50,000 and a pair of season tickets for the next five years.

On deck

The Orioles continue their three-game series with the Red Sox tonight at 7:05. Daniel Cabrera (8-7, 4.78 ERA) will be trying to improve his rough career numbers (2-10, 6.81) against Boston. One of those wins came this year, however. Cabrera is 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA in four starts this season against the Red Sox. Cabrera will face Cy Young Award candidate Daisuke Matsuzaka (14-2, 2.74), who threw six shutout innings in his only game against the Orioles this year. In his career, Matsuzaka is 1-1 with a 5.17 ERA in three starts against the Orioles.

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