Red Sox fall to Orioles, 6-2

191542.jpg

Red Sox fall to Orioles, 6-2

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BALTIMORE -- Wins over the Baltimore Orioles aren't guaranteed for the Red Sox. It just seems that way sometimes.

The Orioles snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Red Sox, taking a 3-0 lead after three innings then adding three runs in the eighth off Alfredo Aceves to seal a 5-2 win over the Sox.

Kyle Weiland, facing the Orioles for the second time in his second major league start, allowed three runs over six innings and was tagged with the loss.

The only runs of the night for Boston came on a two-run homer from Jarrod Saltalamachia in the fifth off Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie. It was Saltalamacchia's second homer in as many games and eighth since May 15.

After Saltalamacchia's homer, the Sox had only once got a baserunner into scoring position.

Home runs from Derrek Lee and Mark Reynolds in the eighth added on to the lead in the eighth.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jeremy Guthrie

Guthrie shut down the same lineup that lit up the Baltimore staff for 15 runs the previous night, limiting the Sox to just two runs over seven innings.

It was just the fourth win of the season for Guthrie, but as Tuesday night demonstrated, his 13
losses are more a measure of the team for which he pitches and not his stuff.

HONORABLE MENTION: Mark Reynolds

Reynolds collected three hits, including a run-scoring double in the second to account for the first O's run and a solo homer in the eighth to score their final run of the night.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Adrian Gonzalez

Gonzalez was 0-for-4 with a double play and two strikeouts, making him just 2-for-24 since the All-Star break.

He maintained that the post-break slump is just that and not a hangover from taking part in the Home Run Derby the night before the game.

TURNING POINT: In the fifth, the Sox seemed to be getting to Guthrie with a two-run homer from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, walk to Marco Scutaro and a single by Jacoby Ellsbury.

But Guthrie got Dustin Pedroia, the team's hottest hitter, to ground out to end the threat and the Sox had just two more singles the rest of the way.

BY THE NUMBERS: Josh Reddick had a three-hit night and has a .423 (11-for-26) lifetime batting average at Camden Yards.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I did a better job of controlling the emotions and adrenaline and was a lot quicker to that comfort zone.'' Kyle Weiland on the difference between this start and his first, 10 days ago.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.