Getting to Beckett ... again

Josh Beckett entered this start tonight second in the majors in opponent batting average at .207 and third in the American League in ERA at 2.70, but he trails the Orioles 6-2 after six innings after that stirring three-run, inside-the-park homer from Robert Andino.

That was the first-ever Orioles inside-the-park homer here at Camden Yards.

Through the sixth tonight, Beckett has allowed 12 runs in 13 1/3 innings to the Orioles over his last two starts. This year his ERA is now 7.03 against Baltimore and that is his highest ERA against any AL team this year.

He began the night with an ERA of 6.38 in three starts on the year against the Orioles. His career mark was 7-4 with an ERA of 3.99 over 17 starts.

The Orioles, by the way, were 1-for-6 tonight with runners in scoring position until the RBI double by Chris Davis in the sixth made it a 3-2 edge. Andino’s blast to center followed for the 6-2 lead.

The Orioles are 4-2 this year in their past six games against Boston and are 15-16 in their last 31 versus the Sox.

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