Post-game Notes: Boston takes series opener

Eight of the Orioles last nine losses have been by one or two runs. With tonight’s loss, they fall to 11-13 in one-run games.

The O’s fall to 4-10 since the All-Star break. In those games, they have been out-scored by just one run, 65-64 and they have out-hit their opponents 139-128 since the break.

Jeremy Guthrie gave up six runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 to fall to 7-10, 5.37 on the year. He allowed three homers tonight to tie his season-high (gave up three 5-20 at NYY) and has given up now 26 on the year.

Guthrie has allowed at least one homer in 16 of his 21 starts and two or more homers in eight starts. The O’s are 8-13 in his starts this season.

Cla Meredith pitched a scoreless 9th and has now pitched 3 2/3 shuout innings in four appearances since joining the O’s.

Aubrey Huff went 2 for 3 tonight with a two-run homer. It was his 12th of the year and the 200th of his career. His last homer was July 3rd at Los Angeles. Huff is now 7 for 19 as he has hit safely in all five games of this homestand.

Nolan Reimold went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer to right in the third inning. It was his 10th homer of the season and his first since June 27th vs. Washington.

Reimold is 12 for 27 this year vs. Boston pitching with one homer and 3 RBI.

Matt Wieters went 2 for 4 with a pair of singles tonight and is now 13 for 30 (.433) during an eight-game batting streak. Wieters is 8 for 19 on the year vs. Bosox pitching.

The O’s fall to 12-9 at home vs. AL East foes and 28-24 at home on the year.

The Orioles are now 6-12 on Fridays (3-6 at home), their worst record of any day of the week.

John Smoltz picked up his 212th career win, despite giving up five runs over six innings. He has allowed five runs or more in five of his seven starts in 2009.

Mike Lowell extended his batting streak to ten games.

Boston ended a five-game road losing streak, improving to 25-25 on the road on the year.

The Red Sox have scored 68 runs in 11 games vs. the Birds this year. Boston is 9-2 vs. Baltimore on the year and 3-1 at Camden Yards. The Sox have won 24 of their last 34 in this park. They are 58-25 vs. the Orioles since the start of 2005.

The O’s fall to 44-58 on the season, 14-25 vs. the AL East, 15-19 in series opening games and 33-40 in night games.

Tonight’s attendance was 44,091 and the 52-date season total is 1,251,165. The average attendance is 24,061.

Minor League note - Dennis Sarfate gave up five runs and five hits in just 2/3 of an inning during his injury-rehab appearance tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. He allowed a homer and has an ERA of 14.73 with the Tides. Starting pitcher Troy Patton gave up two runs over five innings vs. Indianapolis.

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