Handed a chance for the win, the O's politely refused

It's not often a good team like the Red Sox says to the Orioles "here, take this game from us," but the Red Sox just did. The 2010 version of the Orioles said "don't bother." With Boston leading by just a 1-0 score, Jon Lester walked three straight Orioles to load the bases with one out in the seventh and Daniel Bard came on. Bard, with an ERA of 7.36 vs. the Birds this year, got pinch hitter Luke Scott to fly to shallow center and Corey Patterson hit a foul pop to third. A big blown chance as the O's now trail 2-0 with Boston just adding a run in the 8th. Another Orioles starter throws a real good game with nothing to show for it. The O's have not scored since the 7th inning Thursday at New York. It's 16 straight scoreless innings in this series and 18 in a row dating to that Yankees game. Lester, who could be 11-0 vs. the O's at the end of the night, begged them to take the game from him. No chance, said the Birds offense.

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