O’s hurler David Hernandez took the loss, giving up seven hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings. He had four strikeouts and walks which helped elevate his pitch count.
He had thrown 50 pitches after two innings and 92 after four. He finished with 102 pitches, just 57 for strikes.
Hernandez had pitched to an ERA of 1.38 in his previous two outings at New York and Boston.
The O’s fall to 2-9 on the year vs. Boston, including a mark of 1-4 in Baltimore. They are 14-26 vs. the AL East and now 28-25 in home games.
The O’s fall to 15 games under .500 at 44-59, tying a season low mark. They also tied a season mark with eight walks in this game. It’s the third time they’ve done that.
Blanked Again - The Orioles, after scoring 19 runs the last three games, were shutout tonight for the 7th time. The last time was a 2-0 loss July 10 vs. Toronto. The O’s went 8 for 32 at bat in the game, but hit into three double plays.
Jason Bay left the game in the 6th with a right hamstring cramp. The Sox left 15 men on base, setting a season high for a nine-inning game.
Winning pitcher Josh Beckett improved to 13-4, 3.27 and took over the Major League lead in wins. He pitched seven scoreless frames, throwing 107 pitches.
He is 6-2, 3.70 in 12 career starts vs. Baltimore and over his last 16 starts is 10-2, 2.18. He has not allowed a single earned run in seven of his last 13 starts.
Big Crowd - The attendance of 49,384 was the largest of the year, second sellout of the year and 4th largest in OPACY history.
Matt Wieters was 1 for 3 and is batting .424 (14 for 33) during his nine-game batting streak. Brian Roberts is 7 for 22 during a five-game hitting streak.
Nolan Reimold went 0 for 4, but is batting .429 (12 for 28) over his last nine games.
Before today’s game, the Red Sox officially added Victor Martinez and Casey Kotchman to their 25-man roster. Both players were acquired in Friday trades.
To make roster room, catcher George Kottaras was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 30th, with a lower back strain. RHP Marcus McBeth was optioned to Triple-A.
Minor League Notes - O’s first-round pick RHP Matt Hobgood made his third start for Bluefield tonight. In two innings vs. Johnson City, he gave up six hits and three runs (two earned). In three outings on the year he has pitched five innings and given up nine hits and four earned runs for an ERA of 7.20.
Delmarva lefty Cole McCurry tonight pitched six shutout innings in game one of a doubleheader that the Shorebirds lost, 2-0 vs. Greensboro. McCurry gave up just three hits with two walks and 13 strikeouts. His ERA is now 3.43.
Josh Bell and Steve Johnson arrived at New Britain late tonight to join their new Bowie Baysox teammates. They did not arrive in time to play in either game of a doubleheader but presumably could be activated as early as Sunday.