Bullpen falters, Red Sox fall to Orioles, 3-2

Bullpen falters, Red Sox fall to Orioles, 3-2
April 11, 2013, 10:30 pm
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BOSTON -- For the second straight night, the Red Sox bullpen contributed to a loss. On Wednesday night, closer Joel Hanrahan was the culprit in the ninth. On Thursday, the game turned two innings earlier.

Clayton Mortensen, Andrew Miller and Koji Uehara all faltered in the seventh inning of a 3-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. With the score tied at 2-2, Mortensen allowed a two-out single to Manny Machado. Miller came in for Nick Markakis and issued a walk, moving Machado into scoring position. Adam Jones then doubled into the left corner off Uehara, scoring Machado from second. It was the first hit allowed by Uehara in his fourth apperance of the season, but it proved costly.

The Sox managed just seven hits off five Baltimore pitchers -- all of them singles, two of which didn't leave the infield.

The loss left the Red Sox with their first series defeat of the season, dropping two of three to Baltimore.

Alfredo Aceves, making his first start of the season, filling in for the injured John Lackey, gave the Red Sox five decent innings, during which he allowed two runs on six hits.

The Sox scored twice in third off Baltimore starter Chris Tillman. Stephen Drew worked a leadoff walk and with two outs, the Sox got consecutive singles from Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli.

STAR OF THE GAME: Adam Jones
Jones singled in the fifth to deliver the second Orioles run of the night, then doubled off Koji Uehara in the seventh to account for the winning run. Jones has hit safely in all nine O's games.

HONORABLE MENTION: Chris Davis
Davis hit a solo homer -- his sixth -- and knocked in a run, giving him 19 RBI this season, the most for any player after the first nine games since 1920.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Andrew Miller
With two outs and one on, Miller was brought in to face the left-handed Nick Markakis. He walked him, putting Manny Machado in scoring position, from where he scored on Adam Jones' double into the left-field corner.

TURNING POINT: The Sox had runners at first and second with one out in the sixth, but lefty Brian Matusz came out of the Orioles bullpen and fanned Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew to strand both runners.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox are 5-0 when they score first and 0-4 when they don't.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I felt OK about those five innings. Unfortunately, we didn't win the game and that's all that matters.'' -- Alfredo Aceves on making his first start of the season.