Nothing doing for Sox offense against Matusz, O's bullpen

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Nothing doing for Sox offense against Matusz, O's bullpen

BALTIMORE -- The same Red Sox offense which totaled 20 runs in the previous three games was augmented by the return of Kevin Youkilis Tuesday night.

Youkilis did his part, homering in the fourth inning, but after that, the Red Sox didn't collect another hit, losing to Brian Matusz and the Baltimore Orioles, 4-1.

"He was tough," said Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the young Baltimore lefty. "All his stuff was working tonight -- curve ball, changeup, cutter, slider -- everything was working. Tough to hit a guy when he's on like that."

"He was hitting his spots, hitting the corners and getting ahead in the count," said Adrian Gonzalez of Matusz. "He threw the ball well."

The Sox were just 2-for-26 and struck out 12 times against Baltimore pitching. After Matusz left after 6 13 innings pitched, three more O's relievers combined to pitch 2 23 innings, while racking up three more strikesouts.

Boston didn't have a hit after Youkilis's homer, and, in fact, had just two baserunners, both in the eighth inning.

Daniel Nava worked a one-out walk, but was erased at second on a fielder's choice from pinch-hitter Scott Podsednik. But Mike Aviles grounded out to end the inning and the Sox went quietly against closer Jim Johnson in the ninth.

The Sox had only two baserunners in scoring position all night: Gonzalez had a single to open the second and took second on a two-out walk by Saltalamacchia; Youkilis then homered in the fourth.

The two hits by the Red Sox lineup were the fewest for a Sox team against Baltimore since the O's Tom Pheobus no-hit the Sox on April 27, 1968.

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Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

BOSTON - Parker Bidwell pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings and Los Angeles scored three runs after its challenge overturned an inning-ending double play in the second, leading the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which won two of three against the Red Sox for its fifth series win in the last six.

Doug Fister (0-1) lost his Red Sox debut, giving up three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He was signed by Boston on Friday after being released by the Angels.

Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost their second straight at Fenway Park after winning 10 of the previous 12.

Bidwell (2-0) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out four without issuing a walk. Yusmeiro Petit pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.