It was a frustrating night offensively for the Red Sox as they could only manage three hits in their 2-0 loss to the Orioles Friday night in Baltimore. The Orioles have taken the first two games of the four-game series and marked the first time the Orioles shut out the Red Sox since 2006.
Starter Ryan Dempster gave the Sox something they desperately needed -- innings pitched. Despite the loss Dempster pitched quite well, going 7 2/3 innings allowing two runs on five hits, although he did walk five throwing 122 pitches. Koji Uehara got the final out in the eighth inning, a three pitch strikeout. Dempster allowed a home run to Chris Davis in the second and an RBI single to Adam Jones in the third to account for the two Oriole runs.
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The Red Sox only finished with three hits, two coming from Jose Iglesias in the loss.
The four-game series continues tomorrow afternoon (4:10, NESN) as John Lackey will look to put an end to the losing streak and will go up against Freddy Garcia.
What they'll be saying: There isn't much to say about this one as it was a frustrating night as the Sox bats were shut down by Orioles starter Chris Tillman, spoiling a good start from Dempster, something that's happened a great deal this season The silver lining was Dempster was able to save the bullpen, which has been used an extreme amount this past week with a doubleheader and two extra inning games. They should be rested and good to go for the remainder of the series.