Red Sox - 000 100 000 - 1 2 0 Orioles - 020 000 02x - 4 7 0Brian Matusz (6.1-2-1-1-9, 101) outpitched Felix Doubront (6-4-2-2-9, 108), and the Red Sox did not get a hit after the fourth inning. Each side struck out 12 times.
Steve Tolleson's two-run homer put Baltimore on the board in the second. Kevin Youkilis, in his return to the Boston lineup, hit his third home run of the season in the fourth. Wilson Betemit added a two-run dong of his own in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Boston's other hit was a second-inning single by Adrian Gonzalez. The Red Sox also drew two walks, by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Daniel Nava.
At one point - from the fifth into the eighth - eight of Boston's 10 outs came by strikeout.
The loss, coupled with New York's 3-2 win over the Royals, dropped the Red Sox (21-22) back into the AL East basement.
Felix Doubront / Brian Matusz
W L GB RS RA DIFF EXP Orioles 27 16 --- 199 187 + 12 23-20 Rays 25 18 2.0 184 174 + 10 23-20 Blue Jays 24 19 3.0 206 167 + 39 26-17 Red Sox 21 21 5.5 229 210 + 19 23-19 Yankees 21 21 5.5 189 188 + 1 21-21For the first time since April 16, the Red Sox are not in fifth place. Having won nine of their last 11 games, the Red Sox are now tied for fourth with the slumping Yankees. Boston has not been higher than fourth in the standings all season.
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