BALTIMORE (AP) -Another poor performance by Boston starter
cost the right-hander a spot on the
hit three-run homers, and the
overcame an early deficit to beat Buchholz and the
11-6 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
Buchholz (2-9) allowed five runs, three hits and three walks in 2 1-3 innings, the shortest start of his career. The 24-year-old,
who threw a no-hitter against the Orioles last September, is 0-7 in nine starts since May 2.
After a game in which only 30 of his 60 pitches were for strikes, Buchholz was optioned to Double-A Portland.
''People have tough games. I've had a tough season,'' said Buchholz, who spent two months in Triple-A from mid-May to July
11. ''Down there is where you develop. Up here it's a pennant race. ... If you ask if the decision was right, I'd say it was.''
Buchholz was given an early 4-0 lead but couldn't make it stand up. He has a 6.75 ERA and opponents are batting .299 against
''Tough situation. We're in a pennant race and we're in Boston and a lot of focus is on him and he feels the responsibility,''
said. ''I think coming into this game we were all excited about watching him pitch, but the way it unraveled makes it kind
of obvious we had to do something.''
Buchholz started with a 1-2-3 inning, but gave up three runs in the second and was yanked after hitting a batter and walking
another in the third.
''Instead of going out there and gritting my teeth and say I'm going to get this guy out, I go out there and think, 'What's
going to happen next?''' he said. ''That's not a very high confidence level.''
Down 4-0 in the second, Baltimore scored 10 straight runs against Buchholz and two relievers. Hernandez put the Orioles up
6-4 with a third-inning drive, and Mora's 21st homer of the season made it 10-4 in the fourth.
''Against Boston you've got to be able to hit with men on base,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. ''You've got to score
when you get opportunities to score because you never know if you're going to have enough runs.''
Mora added a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to boost his team-high RBI total to 95. He has 10 homers and 47 RBIs in 31 games since
the All-Star break.
(2-0), making his fourth major league start, gave up five runs, four earned, and eight hits in five innings for Baltimore.
''It was tough early but he kept us in the game, hung on right there and he gave us a chance to come back,'' said Hernandez,
Waters' batterymate. ''He kind of figured it out a little bit. He went through a rough start but he ended up pretty good.''
homered for the
, his fourth in 17 games since being traded from Pittsburgh.
Boston got three hits and two walks in the first inning but could muster only two runs.
hit a one-out triple and scored on a single by
walked with the bases loaded.
then struck out and
hit a grounder in the hole that shortstop
turned into a force at third.
In the second, the
used a double by
, a throwing error by Waters and an RBI single by
to make it 4-0.
Baltimore closed to 4-3 in the bottom half when
singled in a run and
hit a two-run single.
A baserunning error cost Boston a scoring chance in the third. After Lowrie hit a leadoff double, he took a few steps toward
third as right fielder
caught a fly ball. Before Lowrie could get back to second, Markakis threw him out.
''That's another momentum changer for us,'' Trembley said.
The Orioles went up 7-4 in the bottom half. After Buchholz was lifted, Hernandez greeted
with a drive to center that Crisp failed to grab with a leap over the 7-foot wall. Montanez walked and Castro followed with
an RBI single.
Mora connected in the fourth off
, and Bay went deep in the fifth to make it 10-5.
In the Baltimore fifth,
got a leadoff single off
and scored on Mora's fly ball.
Orioles reliever Kam Mickolio made his major league debut in the eighth. He started by striking out Lowrie, but gave up three
hits, including an RBI double to
Notes: After the game, the Orioles optioned LHP
to Triple-A Norfolk. Baltimore will recall a pitcher from Norfolk to start Friday against the Yankees, Trembley said. ...
Timlin made his 1,049th career appearance, one short of
's major league record for right-handed relievers. ... SS
, who has been on the DL since July 12 with a strained left quadriceps, suffered a setback Wednesday, Francona said.