Baltimore Orioles defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-1

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles were in a free fall.

They had lost 11 of their last 13 games and looked primed to plummet to the bottom of the American League East. Baltimore hadn't won a series since June 17-19 against the Rockies, going 0-4-1 in its last five series.

Then the Red Sox came to town.

In a division in which just five games separate the top four teams, the Orioles surged back into second, winning three of four against the Red Sox, who still hold a two-game lea...

BALTIMORE -- Even as the Sox stumbled into the All-Star break by losing for the third time in four games here yesterday against the Baltimore Orioles, 4-1, you still could take the long view. Like the one Terry Francona offered when someone asked him what he would have done had someone told him back in March that Curt Schilling would have just one win at the season's traditional midpoint.

''I wouldn't have sold my house in Philadelphia," Francona responded.

With Schi...