BALTIMORE -- If this was the Red Sox' idea of revenge, they did a lousy job of it.
With incentive to pay the Baltimore Orioles back for knocking them out of the playoffs last September, the Sox, with the roles reversed, rolled over for the Orioles Friday night and were hammered, 9-1.
The Sox mustered just one hit -- a bunt single by Scott Podsednik to lead off the game. After that the Sox sent 29 more men to the plate, just two over the minimum.
They managed just three baserunners after Podsednik -- a leadoff walk to Daniel Nava in the third; a one-out walk to Dustin Pedroia in the fourth; and an error allowed Pedro Ciriaco to reach with two outs in the ninth.
Meanwhile, the Orioles erupted for six runs in the bottom of the first off Aaron Cook, led by a two-run homer from Chris Davis and a grand slam from Ryan Flaherty. When Cook walked the first two hitters he faced in the second, he was pulled.
The Orioles added three more runs when they connected for four straight two-out hits -- three of them doubles -- off Alfredo Aceves in the fifth.
Chris Tillman went eight innings, allowing just one unearned run before Troy Patton closed it out for the Orioles.
The loss was Boston's seventh in the last eight games and 11th in 16 meetings with the Orioles this season.