Red Sox bats go silent, lose to O's, 4-1

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Red Sox bats go silent, lose to O's, 4-1

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.

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox lose, but 'celebrate anyway'

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox lose, but 'celebrate anyway'

NEW YORK - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-3 loss in New York.

 

QUOTES:

"I feel pretty good. Let's put it this way: Where we are now, I wouldn't want to play us going into the playoffs." - Red Sox principal owner John Henry

"I wanted to celebrate on that field so bad, but it is what it is. We end up being the first place team in the American League, and we're going to celebrate anyway." - David Ortiz, after the Red Sox lose on a walkoff, but clinch the division anyway.

“I’ll still be trying to hit the next four games, but if it just happens to be my last one (homer of his career), it’ll be pretty special." - Mark Teixeira, who's retiring Sunday and hit the walk-off grand slam.

 

NOTES:

* Joe Kelly became the first Red Sox pitcher to allow a walkoff grand slam since Julian Tavarez in 2006.

* Craig Kimbrel failed to record an out -- in 28 pitches -- marking the third time in 410 career appearances that that happened.

* Koji Uehara posted his 14th straight scoreless appearance.

* Brad Ziegler hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 19 appearances.

* Dustin Pedroia has scored five runs and knocked in seven in his last five games.

* Mookie Betts posted his major league-leading 66th multi-hit game.

* Clay Buchholz has a 2.63 ERA in his last seven starts.

* The one hit allowed by Buchholz marks the fewest hits allowed by him in a non-injury-shortened game since his no-hitter in 2007.

* The win marked only the second time the Red Sox have clinched the A.L. East away from home. The other time was in Cleveland in 1998.

 

STARS:

1) Mark Teixeira

The first baseman is going out in style. In the final week of his career, he hit his second game-winning homer of the week, with Wednesday's being a walk-off grand slam.

2) Clay Buchholz

Buchholz was brilliant, allowing three baserunners -- an infield hit and two walks -- in six shutout innings.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts delivered what appeared to be the game's biggest blow -- a two-run chopped double in the eighth to break open a scoreless tie.