BALTIMORE(AP) Two batters into the game,
homered and thousands of red-clad fans roared.
ended up pitching, that would be enough offense to assure the
Boston Red Sox
another victory over the
Beckett threw seven innings of six-hit ball for his major league-leading 13th win,
went 4 for 4 with a homer, and Boston cruised past the Orioles 4-0 Saturday night.
drove in a run for the
, who are 10-2 against Baltimore this season. Boston clinched its ninth straight series win over the Orioles and improved
to 25-10 in Baltimore since Sept. 23, 2005.
As usual, Camden Yards sounded like Fenway Park. Around 70 percent of the sellout crowd of 49,384 were cheering for the
, whose third straight victory moved them within a half-game of the first-place
New York Yankees
in the AL East.
Beckett (13-4) struck out five and walked two. The right-hander is 11-2 with a 2.28 ERA since April 30, and has not allowed
an earned run in seven of his last 13 starts.
''To put up seven zeros against that lineup was pretty good work,'' Boston manager
Staked to a 1-0 lead by Pedroia, Beckett didn't permit a runner to get into scoring position until the fifth and left with
Boston holding a comfortable 4-0 advantage.
''Beckett showed tonight why he is one of the most dominating pitchers in the game,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.
''The guy is just one of the game's best.''
went 1 for 2 with a walk against Beckett and considered himself fortunate.
''He mixed up four really good pitches,'' Scott said. ''He had a good curveball. His fastball was anywhere from 94 to 98 with
movement. He wasn't making too many mistakes. He had a good cutter working and a good changeup. There really wasn't much to
(3-3) gave up two runs in 4 1-3 innings after limiting Boston to one run over seven innings last Sunday. His problems began
with the second batter he faced.
''Anytime you go up against a guy like Beckett, you can't go out there and give them a one-spot in the first inning,'' Hernandez
said. ''It's already tough enough to put runs up on the board against him, but I didn't execute pitches tonight.''
The Orioles fell to 4-11 since the All-Star break after going 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and hitting into three
''Basically, getting two outs with one pitch three times is big for any pitcher,'' Beckett said.
Youkilis, meanwhile, is on a nice little streak at the plate. In the first two games of the series, he's 7 for 8 with two
homers, three RBIs and three runs scored.
''Looks like he's starting to get hot. He's staying on pitches,'' Francona said.
After Pedroia put the
on top, Boston loaded the bases with two outs in the second before Hernandez retired Pedroia on a grounder.
Youkilis made it 2-0 in the fifth with his 19th homer.
then chased Hernandez with a double, and two straight walks by
loaded the bases before
fouled out to end the inning.
An RBI single by Martinez and a run-scoring double by
made it 4-0 in the sixth. Obtained Friday in a trade with the
, Martinez batted third and went 1 for 5 in his Boston debut.
stranded 15 and went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position. ... Boston RF
hit two doubles, becoming the first Boston rookie with two extra-base hits in his initial major league start since
in May 1986. ... Scott is 8 for 14 lifetime against Beckett. ... Bay left in the sixth with a right hamstring cramp. ... The
crowd was the fourth-largest in the 18-year history of Camden Yards.