Play It Again

July 02, 2009|By Dan Connolly

Leadoff scoring

The Orioles' leadoff hitters reached base safely and scored in each of their first four innings. Only one Orioles run was not scored by a player leading off an inning. The Red Sox didn't put their lead hitter on with a hit or a walk until the ninth, when they mounted a four-run rally to tie the game at 5. Boston's leadoff hitter in the 11th, Jacoby Ellsbury, doubled and scored the winning run.

A scorching Ty

Ty Wigginton, who hit his sixth homer of the season in the fourth inning, is batting .447 with three homers in his past 38 at-bats. He also continued his mastery of Boston's Josh Beckett on Wednesday. He has nine hits, including four homers and six RBIs, in 28 at-bats (.321 average) against the Boston right-hander.

On deck

The Orioles play in Anaheim, Calif., for the only time this season, starting tonight. Jeremy Guthrie (6-7, 5.11 ERA) will attempt to improve his luck on the road, where he is 2-3 with a 6.96 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 3.47 ERA against the Los Angeles Angels in four previous games. Angels starter John Lackey (2-3, 5.06) is 6-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 10 games against the Orioles.

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