Going the wrong way: That’s ten straight losses for the Orioles. They are now just 3-17 over their last 20 games. They are 10-32 over the last 42 games vs. Boston.
Jeremy Guthrie said: “I had a good fastball and was able to locate it well. My slider was not that good tonight and I got away with a few mistakes.
“I’m always trying to put up zeroes, it doesn’t matter who the other pitcher is. That doesn’t factor in. That is always a tough lineup to face, they really work the counts.”
Guthrie allowed two runs and five hits over 7 1/3 innings and is now 3-6, 3.71. He threw 95 pitches, 57 for strikes. Guthrie has allowed 5 ER over 13 1/3 in two starts vs. Boston this year for an ERA of 3.38.
He recorded a quality start for the ninth time in 12 outings in 2010 and has allowed 2 ER or fewer in four of his last five starts.
Denting the scoreboard: The O’s ended a 19-inning scoreless stretch when they scored twice in the last of the ninth. The Orioles have scored just 10 runs over their last eight games. They have scored just 16 runs during the ten-game losing skid.
They have scored three runs or less for eight straight games, the longest such streak since 1988.
Can’t beat him or join him: Winning pitcher Jon Lester shut down the Orioles once again. He gave up no runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings, throwing 102 pitches. He has given up just one run over his last three starts, covering 19 1/3 innings.
He is 7-2, 2.73 on the year. In 14 career starts vs. the Orioles, he is 11-0, 2.06. He is 5-0, 1.83 in seven career starts at Camden Yards. He has pitched 12 scoreless innings over two starts vs. the Orioles on the season.
Matt Wieters’ double leading off the last of the ninth snapped his 0 for 20 stretch. It was also just his second extra-base hit (both doubles) over his last 22 games.
The O’s are now 4-4 on the season vs. Boston and 2-19 vs. the other three AL East clubs.
Will Ohman faced four batters in the ninth, giving up two walks, two doubles and four runs as his ERA increased from 1.02 to 3.06. He did not record an out, throwing 17 pitches, just five for strikes.
Tonight’s attendance was 40,001 bringing the season total for 25 dates to 568,929 for an average of 22,757.