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Warnings, but no fireworks, as Red Sox shut out Orioles

Jul 9, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

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A night after brawling, the Red Sox and Orioles played a quiet one Saturday, even after a HBP and warnings getting issued.

The HBP came with two down in the seventh and Boston up 3-0.  John Lackey drilled Derrek Lee in the leg with what seemed to be a purpose pitch.  Lee, though, is about as much of a professional as there is in the game, and he simply took his base.

While warnings were issued, the rest of the game was incident free, and the Red Sox beat the Orioles for the third straight night, this time by a 4-0 score.

Lackey was pulled one batter after the HBP.  He got Mark Reynolds to whiff on a curve, but the ball eluded catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Reynolds reached first on the wild pitch.

Daniel Bard came in from there and retired Nolan Reimold to end the inning.  The Red Sox added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh and cruised from there.

The Red Sox will go for the sweep Sunday having outscored the Orioles 24-7 the last three days.

For Lackey, it was easily his best performance since April.  Five days after getting shelled for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Blue Jays, he allowed just three hits and struck out seven.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis had three hits apiece for Boston.  Youkilis and Josh Reddick had two RBI each to account for all of the runs.

  1. jimbo1949 - Jul 9, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    The Red Sox will go for the sweep Saturday having outscored the Orioles 24-7 the last three days.

    Yep, i just checked my watch again, today is still Saturday

  2. pisano - Jul 10, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    That’s one hell of an accomplishment the O’s are at the bottom of the barrel. Point being if Lackey (lacking) can beat any team that team must have problems. I think his era was over nine coming into that start.

  3. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:29 AM

    Red Sox would not be in first place right now without Josh Reddick , we know who owns the right field job as soon as crawford is back .

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 10, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Lackey won a game! I am almost speachless.

  5. grumblygus - Jul 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Lackey actually hit two guys last night. He got Markakis the inning before. But, whatever, I guess that’s not worthy of an article calling him an idiot like Kevin Gregg got the night before for hitting exactly two less batters than Lackey.

    And, if Derek Lee is a class act for simply taking his base after getting beaned, then what is David Ortiz for charging the mound after not got hitting?

    • randomdigits - Jul 10, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      I love how the warnings were issued after the Sox hit TWO Oriole hitters, insuring that if the O’s retaliated they would be in the wrong.

      What do you want to bet that if Simon had hit two Sox players he would have been ejected and suspended?

      • bigharold - Jul 10, 2011 at 1:11 PM

        “…if Simon had hit two Sox players he would have been ejected and suspended?”

        Nope, .. drawn and quartered.

  6. randomdigits - Jul 10, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    What a shock the Sox hit ANOTHER O’s hitter. That is 3-0 on the HBP count this series, but Gregg is the “idiot”.

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