Red Sox lose third straight, fall to Orioles 2-1

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Red Sox lose third straight, fall to Orioles 2-1

BOSTON -- Josh Beckett turned in one of his best starts of the season. Not that it did him any good.
Beckett limited the Baltimore Orioles to two runs on five hits over eight innings, but his teammates managed little against three Baltimore pitchers, resulting in a 2-1 loss for the Red Sox.
Three straight singles from the bottom of the third of the order -- plus a fielder's choice -- resulted in the two Baltimore runs in the sixth off Beckett, 4-6.
The lone Boston run came in the third on a double from Darnell McDonald, a single by Marlon Byrd and a sacrifice fly from Mike Aviles.
The Sox had other chances, but failed to capitalize. They had runners at first and second with no one out in the seventh but after a sacrifice bunt by McDonald, starter Wei-Yin Chen fanned Byrd and retired Aviles on a pop-up.
A similar chance in the eight off reliever Pedro Strop also sputtered when, after one-out walks to Kevin Youkilisand David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks and Scott Podsednik failed to advance either runner.
The eight innings for Beckett was the deepest he's pitched in a game since the home opener on April 13.
The loss, Boston's third in a row, dropped the Red Sox to 2-6 against Baltimore this season.

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.