Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 13-4

If your attention lagged a time or two yesterday afternoon while the Red Sox were beating on the Orioles, 13-4, you weren't alone.

Even the Sox acknowledge their win was hardly a four-hour-and-four-minute exercise in nonstop excitement.

"Terrible," third baseman Mike Lowell said of the game's flow. "It just wasn't a good pace.

"But you're not always going to have a nice-paced game. It's better that you win. I'll take a slow-paced game with a win rather than a great-p...

Trachsel derailed

Orioles starter Steve Trachsel cruised into the fourth inning before he completely lost his control. He walked three and gave up a run in a 39-pitch fourth inning. And he never could get out of the fifth, issuing a one-out walk to Kevin Youkilis and back-to-back RBI doubles to David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. In 4 1/3 innings, he allowed four runs (three earned). His struggles forced manager Sam Perlozzo to go deep into his bullpen, leading to ugly resul...

BOSTON -- In manager Sam Perlozzo's eyes, what happened from the fifth to the eighth innings yesterday, when a winnable game turned into a 13-4 rout by the Boston Red Sox, can be traced to the past several weeks when Orioles starters have consistently failed to go deep into games.

So even when the Orioles did the improbable yesterday, erasing a three-run deficit to tie the game in the sixth against Boston ace Curt Schilling, Perlozzo sensed an onslaught was coming.

O...

Boston -- Orioles starter Steve Trachsel maintains that his command was still there, even after he walked four Boston Red Sox hitters and needed 102 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings.

"Too many pitches, that's for sure," Trachsel said after the Orioles' 13-4 loss to Boston yesterday at Fenway Park. "They worked a lot of good counts. It's just who they are. They are not real aggressive. Both starters threw a lot of pitches in five innings. It was kind of a strange gam...