Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 5-2

BALTIMORE -- So, Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo was asked, for one day would he like to have Wily Mo Peña's body?

"No, I like my body," said Lugo, who gives away at least 100 pounds to a man who makes David Ortiz look like a welterweight.

OK, then, how about Peña's power?

"Oh, yeah, I'd love to have his power," Lugo said. "I'd love to have his power. He's amazing. That ball he hit, with the wind blowing in?"

Let Josh Beckett pick up the retelling of Peña's 430-fo...

When catcher Ramon Hernandez wasn't in the Orioles' Opening Day lineup because of a strained left oblique muscle, team officials considered him day-to-day and were hopeful that he'd be in the lineup soon. Three and a half weeks later, Hernandez made his season debut last night against the Boston Red Sox.

After going 2-for-6 with a double in a two-day rehab assignment with Single-A Frederick, Hernandez was activated from the disabled list before the game. Manager Sam Per...

Boarding the team charter last night seemed more like a strategy than a trip for the Orioles, who were reminded again that the only way to avoid losing to the Boston Red Sox is to stop playing them.

Taking a one-run lead into the eighth inning, the Orioles trusted closer Chris Ray to get the last five outs on extended rest. It might have seemed like a desperate measure, but it also presented their best chance of winning - at least on paper.

The plan went into the shr...

Gamble backfires

With runners on second and third and one out in the eighth inning, the Orioles opted to walk Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and pitch to center fielder Wily Mo Pena. Pena proceeded to rip Chris Ray's pitch 430 feet into the stands in left-center to turn a one-run deficit into a 5-2 Red Sox lead. Pena's grand slam was devastating, as Orioles pitchers allowed only five hits until Pena's shot broke the game open.

Missed opportunities

While the Orioles...