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Boston Smokes Baltimore to Complete Sweep

In a spot start for the ailing Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston's Justin Masterson handcuffed the Baltimore hitters, allowing just one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 12-1 Red Sox victory.

Masterson was making his first start of the season after having pitched six innings of relief but was able to finish off Boston's first sweep of the season and hand Baltimore it's first series loss this year.

Mark Hendrickson started for the Orioles and was reasonably effective. Hendrickson got kicked around early, giving up three runs in the first two innings but settled down giving up just those three runs to go with six strikeouts over five innings.

Hendrickson was far from dominant but left the game down only 3-1 but then had to watch as the bullpen continued its early season implosion.

Dennis Sarfate gave up three runs in one inning, Radhames Liz got torched for six runs in just 1/3 of an inning, some of which were actually inherited and ultimately sent through by Matt Albers over his 1 2/3 innings of work.

Reigning AL MVP Dustin Pedroia led the Boston assault, going 4 for 6 with three runs and three RBI. Even more impressive was Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz managing to hobble leg out a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Every starting position player except for shortstop Nick Green drove in at least one run for the Red Sox who, at .500 for the first time this season, hope to build upon this momentum for the remaining six games of a 10-game home stand that concludes with the team's first meeting with the New York Yankees this weekend.

The Orioles continue to be baffled by the concept of series finales, having dropped all four so far this season while being out-scored in the final frames by an astonishing 41 runs (53-12).

Following the game, Manager Dave Trembley announced that the Orioles had optioned Liz to Class AAA Norfolk in order to bring up pitcher Brad Bergesen who will make his major league debut at home tomorrow night against the Chicago White Sox. So if you're in Baltimore on Tuesday you can come to Camden Yards for the Koji Uehara t-shirt giveaway night and stay to see the first member of The Cavalry make his O's debut.

Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones did not play Monday after injuring his hamstring in the first inning of Sunday's 2-1 loss. The Orioles bench was even further shortened as utility man Ryan Freel (getting the start at third base) was accidentally hit in the head with the ball while sliding back into second base. Freel lay face down on the ground for some time before being helped off the field by the Baltimore training staff.

By CJ Holley  |  April 20, 2009; 4:09 PM ET
Categories:  Orioles , Red Sox  
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It's very depressing that we're still in April, and the Orioles' season is over, and the Nats' season never did get off the ground. How long do we have to wait for a winning ball team in the Balt.-Wash. area?

Posted by: rooster9 | April 20, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

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