Another promising night where the Red Sox scored three in the first inning resulted in a loss in Baltimore last night. Monday night started out just the same, and went downhill from there. With Josh Beckett going you'd think that's all the Red Sox would get for him to get a win. But Beckett wasn't sharp at all, and by the third inning the Orioles had five runs in, culminating with Luke Scott's three-run home run.
The Red Sox had opportunities to score more, especially in the seventh with the bases loaded and no outs. Manny Ramirez came up with the bases loaded and no outs and promptly hit into a 1-2-3 double play and Mike Lowell then flied out. They added a run in the eighth, but the Orioles went on to win, 5-4. The Red Sox find themselves in second place this morning, as those pesky Rays of Tampa Bay beat the Yankees and Mariano Rivera in the 11th inning, 2-1 to go 1/2 game up in the AL East.
David Ortiz got tossed out in the ninth on a controversial check swing, and he complained loudly and then dropped his bat. And then he got run. J. D. Drew left the game in the third inning after he slid for a fly ball that popped out of his glove when his left wrist turned on the turf. It turned out to be a just a sprain, but knowing Drew's history, a trip to the DL wouldn't surprise me.