Buchholz, Red Sox crush Orioles

Posted June 05, 2010, at 12:33 a.m.

     BALTIMORE — Clay Buchholz pitched another masterpiece against the Baltimore Orioles, whose first game under interim manager Juan Samuel was hauntingly similar to many that preceded his promotion.

  Buchholz threw a five-hitter for his second career shutout, Marco Scutaro homered and scored three runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles 11-0 Friday night to ruin Samuel’s debut as a big league manager.

  Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Beltre also homered for the Red Sox, who have won six straight on the road.

  Buchholz (8-3) walked one and struck out two in his third career complete game and first shutout since he no-hit the Orioles on Sept. 1, 2007. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 0.99 ERA in his last five starts and has won nine successive starts on the road, a streak that began last August.

  “My confidence is good,” Buchholz said. “We score a lot of runs. It’s not like I go out throwing a 1-0 game every time out. Guys are swinging it, and it’s fun to go out there when we’re scoring a lot of runs.”

  Samuel was promoted from third base coach Friday morning after the Orioles fired Dave Trembley. In explaining the move, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he was “hoping to ignite a spark.”

  It didn’t happen against the Red Sox, who led 3-0 after one inning and 7-0 after four.

  “I was very relaxed. It was the same as when I was coaching third base,” Samuel said. “The only thing is, when we’re on offense, I was in the dugout. I didn’t feel any pressure at all. I was just relaxed and letting the guys go out and play.”

  They played like the team with the worst record in the majors (15-40). The Orioles have been blanked five times this season and have scored only eight runs in their last seven games.

  Baltimore proved to be no challenge for Buchholz, who earned his 20th career win — including five against the Orioles.

  Asked if he noticed a change in Baltimore’s approach under Samuel, Buchholz replied, “They’ve been aggressive every time I’ve pitched against these guys. I didn’t notice anything.”

  Buchholz allowed only two hits through the first six innings and at one point retired 11 straight.

  “He is a maturing pitcher and we’re seeing it right in front of us — and it’s exciting,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “He’s putting it together. He looks confident, and he should be.”

  Orioles starter Chris Tillman (0-1) allowed seven of the 11 batters he faced to reach base. The right-hander yielded four runs, five hits and two walks in 1 1-3 innings, the shortest outing by an Orioles starter this season.

  Despite the change in managers, the Orioles experienced a familiar sensation in the top of the first. After Boston used a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs, Victor Martinez hit a run-scoring grounder and J.D. Drew followed with a two-run double.

  Baltimore has been outscored 40-18 in the first inning this season.

  The second inning wasn’t much better. Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI single to chase Tillman and make it 4-0.

  Youkilis connected off Mark Hendrickson with two on and two outs in the fourth. All the runs were unearned because Orioles catcher Matt Wieters let a third strike slip through to the screen, a passed ball that allowed Bill Hall to reach first.

  Beltre greeted Matt Albers by hitting his seventh homer leading off the fifth, and Scutaro hit a solo shot in the eighth to make it 9-0.

  NOTES: Jon Lester, 10-0 lifetime against Baltimore, will start for Boston on Saturday night. … Baltimore 3B Miguel Tejada has gone 127 at-bats without a homer, the second-longest drought of his career. … Boston OF Jeremy Hermida left the game with a bruised left forearm. … Orioles first base coach John Shelby missed the game to attend his daughter’s high school graduation. He was replaced by bench coach Jeff Datz. … Boston starters have gone at least six innings in six straight games.

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 1

  TORONTO — Jose Bautista hit two towering home runs, Edwin Encarnacion also connected and the slugging Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 6-1 on Friday night.

  Brett Cecil (6-2) pitched eight innings for Toronto, matching a career high. The left-hander allowed one run and five hits while improving to 4-0 with a 1.52 ERA in his past four starts.

  Bautista led off the second with a drive off A.J. Burnett that went off the facing of the third deck in left, his career high 17th. He went deep again in the fourth, finding the same area again for a two-run shot.

  Encarnacion led off the fifth with his eighth homer, a drive to left-center that gave Toronto a 4-0 lead.

  Burnett (6-3) allowed six runs and six hits in six innings, walked four and struck out two against his old team. The right-hander had allowed just four homers in his first 11 starts this season and never more than one in a game.

  Burnett has struggled in two starts in Toronto since opting out of his contract with the Blue Jays and signing with the Yankees after the 2008 season. He allowed five runs over 7 2-3 innings in a 5-1 loss to Roy Halladay on May 12, 2009.

  Bautista leads the majors with 18 homers, and the Blue Jays have a major league-high 94 longballs.

  Toronto added two more runs in the sixth. Bautista drew a leadoff walk and went to second on Alex Gonzalez’s single before both runners moved up on a grounder. Bautista scored on a wild pitch and Gonzalez came home on John Buck’s sacrifice fly.

  Bautista, who also had a leadoff double in the eighth, went 3 for 3 with three RBIs.

  New York scored its only run in the sixth. Chad Moeller hit a leadoff double, went to third on Derek Jeter’s single and came home when Nick Swisher grounded into a double play.

  Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who came in leading the majors with a .373 average, went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 17 games. He flied out to left for the final out of the game.

Phillies 3, Padres 2

  PHILADELPHIA — Roy Halladay pitched seven innings in his first start since his perfect game, working out of trouble to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Friday night.

  Shane Victorino homered and scored the go-ahead run on Jayson Werth’s two-out, bases-loaded walk against Mat Latos in the fifth.

  Halladay (8-3) allowed 10 hits and walked one, but held San Diego to two runs in his first game since his gem at Florida last Saturday. The right-hander received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 45,080 as he walked in from the bullpen.

  Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero combined to pitch the eighth, and Brad Lidge tossed a perfect ninth inning for his second save.

  Latos (5-4) issued a season-high four walks in five innings, yielding three runs and four hits. The righty entered with a 1.29 ERA in his previous five outings.

  The Phillies managed only five hits and struck out 11 times. They were coming off a 2-7 trip to NL East rivals New York, Florida and Atlanta.

  Halladay singled with one out in the third and scored on Victorino’s homer to right field.

  Tony Gwynn Jr. hit an RBI single in the second and Adrian Gonzalez added a sacrifice fly in the fifth for NL West-leading San Diego, which lost right fielder Will Venable in the fifth inning when he jammed his neck sliding into third. He was replaced by Chris Denorfia.

  Halladay singled with one out in the third and scored on Victorino’s ninth homer.

  Umpire Jim

Joyce, whose blown call at first base cost Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game on Wednesday, was at third for the first game of the series. He was greeted with a smattering of boos during pregame introductions.

  NOTES: Phillies LHP J.A. Happ (left forearm strain) pitched two innings in an extended spring training game, throwing 28 pitches. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Happ felt “comfortable,” and is scheduled to pitch three innings for Single-A Clearwater on Tuesday. … Phillies reliever Ryan Madson (broken right big toe) had the walking boot removed from his foot. … Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins (strained right calf) took batting practice. … San Diego reinstated C Yorvit Torrealba from the restricted list, and optioned Dusty Ryan to Triple-A Portland. … Padres SS Everth Cabrera, (strained hamstring), took grounders before the game.

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