BALTIMORE -- With a chance to go over the .500 mark for the first time this season, the Red Sox bats were silenced by the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night.
After averaging five runs in the first six games of their current road trip, the Red Sox collected just one run on a season-low two hits -- none after the fourth inning -- and lost 4-1 to the Orioles.
Brian Matusz allowed a leadoff single to Adrian Gonzalez in the second inning and a one-out solo homer to Kevin Youkils -- returning from the disabled list -- and nothing else over 6 13 innings.
The Orioles got a two-run homer from Steve Tolleson in the second off Felix Doubront, then doubled their offensive output with a two-run blast by Wilson Betemit in the eighth.
Betemit's homer came off former Orioles Matt Albers, who had previously tossed 11 13 scoreless and hitless innings against his former club.
Doubront, 4-2, turned in what was arguably his best start of the season, allowing just two runs over six innings while walking two and striking out a career-high nine.
The rookie lefty retired 10 of the last 11 hitters he faced, including the final three in a row by strikeout.
After the homer by Youkilis, the Red Sox did not get a baserunner in scoring position the rest of the night and lost to the Orioles for the fourth time in five tries this season and eighth in the last 10 games, dating back to last season.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.