Boston Red Sox
returned to Fenway Park and returned to their winning ways.
scattered five hits over 6 1-3 innings to help Boston beat the
3-1 on Friday night and improve to 32-14 at Fenway - the best home record in the majors. The
are 24-25 on the road after a five-game losing streak that turned their 2 1/2-game lead in the AL East into a 2 1/2-game deficit
New York Yankees
Boston has beaten Baltimore 10 straight times at the Fens, where they've sold out 515 games in a row.
''They give you a little more energy,'' Penny (7-4) said after improving to 5-1 at home this season. ''If you can't feel good
here, you can't feel good anywhere.''
Penny allowed just one unearned run, striking out four and walking none for his first victory since June 17. He lowered his
ERA at home to 4.02, compared to 5.51 on the road, a performance that might help him stay in Boston beyond next week's trade
''I've had Penny in my office numerous times telling him how much we like him,''
said, shooting down talk that Penny could be trade bait if the team winds up with a surplus of pitchers. ''I just wanted to
reassure him that's not how we felt. We weren't cleaning him up to get rid of him.''
pitched the ninth, earning his 25th save in 27 tries despite putting runners on first and third with nobody out and then loading
the bases for
with one out. Scott struck out on three pitches, then
whiffed on a full count to end the game.
''Papelbon came up with some big pitches,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. ''We had the middle of our lineup up, some
very good at-bats, but didn't break through.''
had three hits and a walk and scored the Orioles' only run as they fell to 1-15 on the road against division opponents this
season - 2-26 dating to 2008.
(6-5) gave up three runs on nine hits and three walks, striking out five in six innings as Baltimore lost to Boston for the
10th time in 11 games.
''I think he's a keeper,'' Trembley said. ''I think he's a major league pitcher, and he showed it tonight. ... We didn't do
enough for him offensively.''
each had a pair of hits for Boston and helped Penny out in the field. Pedroia made a diving stop on
's fourth-inning grounder to second and scampered to his feet to make the throw to first in time.
Ellsbury made a diving catch on
' sinking liner in the third. The
leadoff hitter also had his 42nd stolen base, and was deprived of a triple only because his long fly to deep center in the
sixth bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double.
Ellsbury tried to score on Pedroia's single, but
threw him out at the plate. It was Markakis' major league-leading 11th outfield assist of the season.
''If he's not one of the best right fielders in the American League, then somebody's living in a dream world somewhere,''
Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the second on Mora's sacrifice fly. J.D. Drew singled to lead off the fourth for Boston, went
to third on
's double and scored on
hit a sacrifice fly to score Lowell and make it 2-0.
Drew's hit snapped an 0-for-24 slump. He also had an RBI groundout in the fifth to make it 3-1.
, acquired from Pittsburgh on Wednesday, to the roster and designated 1B-OF
for assignment. ... Francona met with
for 90 minutes. The injured RHP is not ready for mound work. ... RHP
had a cortisone shot and could be throwing on flat ground as early as Monday.