Red Sox fall to Orioles

Posted July 19, 2011, at 11:02 p.m.
Last modified July 20, 2011, at 12:13 a.m.

BALTIMORE — Kyle Weiland was far more impressive in the encore than in his debut, yet the only thing he got to show for it was his first big league loss.

Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie outpitched Weiland, who allowed three runs over six innings, and the Orioles beat Boston 6-2 on Tuesday night.

After lasting only four innings against Baltimore on July 10 in his first major league appearance, Weiland (0-1) displayed far more composure this time. The righthander allowed six hits and walked three but left with the Red Sox trailing 3-2.

“I did a better job of controlling my emotions, and the adrenaline,” the rookie said. “I got a lot quicker to that comfort zone that I was talking about last time.”

After scoring 15 runs on Monday night, the Red Sox provided Weiland insufficient offensive backing.

“He pitched well,” said Josh Reddick, who had three hits. “Unfortunately, we didn’t give him the run support that anybody would want. But he battled his tail off.”

Boston manager Terry Francona liked what he saw from Weiland, the 108th overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft.

“I thought he represented himself very well,” Francona said. “It’s not an easy thing to do to come up and pitch in the big leagues first of all, and then right in the middle of a pennant race. But he had good poise, he likes to compete. I think it’s exciting what he can do.”

Guthrie allowed two runs in seven innings, and the Orioles got successive eighth-inning home runs from Derrek Lee and Mark Reynolds in ending a seven-game losing streak against the Red Sox.

Guthrie (4-13) came in with the sixth-lowest run support in the AL, but he also gave up 12 runs over 10 innings in his prior two starts. In this one, Baltimore went ahead 3-0 after three innings and the right-hander made the lead stand up.

Guthrie gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked one. He had lost seven straight decisions against Boston since May 13, 2008.

Jim Johnson worked the final two innings for his first save. Orioles closer Kevin Gregg was unavailable because he was serving a three-game suspension for his involvement in a bench-clearing melee at Fenway Park on July 8.

During its seven-game skid against the Red Sox, Baltimore was outscored 61-32. So this victory was particularly enjoyable.

“We needed a win against them. They’ve been wearing us out,” Lee said. “Jeremy gave us just what we needed, a great pitching performance. He went deep. It’s nice when you can handle the ball over to J.J. with a lead. You’re feeling pretty confident at that point.”

The Red Sox lost for only the third time in 16 games despite getting a home run from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, his second in two nights.

Boston’s Dustin Pedroia beat out a grounder in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, tying a career high set in 2008. He has also reached base in 29 consecutive games, which also matches his career-best run.

Guthrie faced a lineup without Boston’s leading home run hitter, David Ortiz, who is also serving a three-game suspension stemming from the fight in the previous series between the teams.

The game drew a crowd of 32,314, many of whom were cheering for the Red Sox. It’s a common occurrence at Camden Yards when Boston comes to town, although Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn’t complaining.

“Well, we had a lot of Red Sox people here last night,” he said before the game. “We’ll take their admission and put it towards keeping our players. Thank you very much.”

Baltimore went up 2-0 in the second inning when Jones and Matt Wieters singled, Reynolds hit an RBI double and Nolan Reimold followed with a run-scoring grounder.

Weiland retired the first two batters in the third before Nick Markakis drew a walk, Jones singled and Wieters bounced an RBI single off the glove of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Saltalamacchia made it 3-2 in the fifth with a drive over the right-field scoreboard after Reddick hit a leadoff double. Boston then put runners on the corners with two outs before Pedroia grounded out.

The Red Sox didn’t get another runner past first base the rest of the way.

Lee hit a two-run shot and Reynolds added his 21st homer of the season in the eighth. Both drives came off Alfredo Aceves.

NOTES: Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury hit into a DP for only the sixth time in 383 at-bats. … Markakis’ 11-game hitting streak ended. … It was only the fourth win in 19 games for the last-place Orioles. … Reynolds broke out of a 5-for-39 skid with three hits.

Twins 2, Indians 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Danny Valencia hit a two-run single off closer Chris Perez in the ninth inning, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Perez (2-5) is in the middle of a solid year but the Twins got to him for a big win. He walked Joe Mauer and gave up a double to Michael Cuddyer. Jim Thome was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Valencia followed with a bloop single.

Glen Perkins (2-1) picked up the win in relief of Francisco Liriano, who gave up one run and four hits in six innings.

It was a huge lift for the Twins, who were swept in a day-night doubleheader on Monday to fall seven games behind the Indians in the AL Central.

Rays 3, Yankees 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Tampa Bay took advantage of sloppy New York defense to score two runs that gave the Rays a 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.

Hellickson (9-7) retired 13 of 15 batters after giving up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano in the third inning, helping his team stay close until the sputtering Rays offense could finally break through against Bartolo Colon.

Robinson Chirinos and Sean Rodriguez singled, chasing Colon (6-6) with one out in the seventh. That’s when things really awry for New York.

Center fielder Curtis Granderson lost pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano’s fly ball in the Tropicana Field roof for a single off Boone Logan that loaded the bases. It looked as though the Yankees might escape the jam when the next batter — pinch-hitter Elliot Johnson — hit a tailor-made, double-play grounder back to the mound, but the ball glanced off Logan’s glove for an error that enabled th e Rays to tie it at 2.

Rodriguez raced home from third for the go-ahead run on Johnny Damon’s sacrifice fly to shallow center. Granderson charged in to make a sliding catch, scrambled to his feet but threw wildly to the plate.

Rebounding from allowing eight runs in two-thirds of an inning at Toronto in New York’s first game after the All-Star break, Colon took a three-hitter into the seventh. He walked two and struck out a season-high nine.

Hellickson won his second straight start following a four-game losing streak, yielding two runs and five hits while walking one and striking out seven. Jake McGee pitched a scoreless eighth and Joel Peralta worked a perfect ninth for his first save.

Cano’s 16th homer ended a stretch of four consecutive games in which the Yankees failed to hit a home run, the club’s longest streak this season.

Colon limited the Rays to one hit until Sam Fuld tripled to center with one out in the fifth and scored on Reid Brignac’s single to right. The 38-year-old right-hander gave up a single to B.J. Upton and walked two in the first three innings, but none of those runners advanced beyond first base.

Hellickson regrouped after Cano’s homer to retire 12 in a row before Brett Gardner singled and Eduardo Nunez walked with two outs in the seventh. After a double steal, the rookie right-hander finished his night by getting Derek Jeter to ground out.

NOTES: The Rays optioned LHP Alex Torres to Triple-A Durham and recalled RHP Dane De La Rosa. In his major league debut on Monday night, Torres walked Russell Martin with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, forcing home the decisive run in a 5-4 New York victory. … The Yankees placed RHP Sergio Mitre on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation and recalled LHP Steve Garrison fr om Double-A Trenton. … New York RHP Rafael Soriano (right elbow inflammation) allowed two runs and two hits over 1 1-3 innings in his first game with Class-A Tampa. INF Eric Chavez (broken left f oot) was the DH in the same game. … New York RHP Ivan Nova left a start at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre because of an undisclosed injury.

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