Baltimore Orioles defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-1

BALTIMORE -- As much as they dreaded the prospect of losing David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, and maybe others in the coming days to suspensions, the Red Sox took some comfort in riding a three-game winning streak into last night's contest against the Orioles.

They were starting to feel something special again. Something like the feeling they had in late April, when they won nine of 10 games and swept the Yankees in the Bronx with a team withered by injuries.

"We felt like...