Boston (88-59) at Orioles (60-88)
The Boston Red Sox, who have three series sweeps already this year vs. the Orioles, can add a fourth today when the clubs meet for the final time in 2009.
Jason Berken (5-11, 6.08) pitches for the O’s vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-5, 7.02) at 1:35 p.m.
It’s the final game of a seven-game homestand where the O’s are 2-4. After today the O’s have three home games left, three with Toronto to end the regular season.
Boston sweeps vs. the O’s, 2009:
*4-games at Boston, April 17-20
*3-games at Baltimore, July 31-August 2
*2-games at Boston, September 8-9
The Red Sox are 15-2 this year vs. the Orioles, including a mark of 7-1 at Camden Yards. The Sox have won all six series this year and 11 straight series dating to May of 2008.
Boston has won seven straight vs. the O’s by a combined score of 59-26. The Sox have won 10 of the last 11 and 22 of the past 25 games between the teams.
Boston beat the O’s 3-1 Friday and 11-5 Saturday. The Sox have scored 10 or more runs six times this year vs. the Orioles.
Saturday’s game was tied 3-3 after six innings, before Boston hammered the O’s bullpen with a three-run 7th and five-run 8th.
In the loss, the O’s matched a season-high, hitting four homers. The only other time they hit four in one game this year was May 9 vs. New York.
Ty Wigginton hit two solo homers, his second multi-homer game of this year and the 9th of his career.
Matt Wieters had three hits and an RBI and was batting third in the lineup for the first time. Over his last six games, Wieters is 9 for 21 with two homers and 10 RBI.
After scoring 34 runs over a five-game stretch, the O’s have produced just 10 runs over the last four games.
The Birds have lost three in a row and five of seven. They are 12-16 over the past 28 contests.
Boston has won nine of its last ten games and 15 of the last 20. The Sox are 26-11 since August 10th.
O’s hitters, this series vs. Boston:
Mora: 1-7, HR, rbi
Pie: 3-8, HR, rbi
Roberts: 2-8, 2B
Scott: 1-4, HR, rbi
Wieters: 4-8, rbi
Wigginton: 2-7, 2HR, 2 rbi