Baltimore Orioles defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-3

Before last night's game, David Ortiz was effusive in his praise of the Red Sox' trade for Eric Gagne.

With the bullpen bolstered, the designated hitter was asked if he were disappointed the Sox hadn't acquired offensive help before the trading deadline.

"They haven't yet?" Ortiz asked. "Give them some time."

In the meantime, he provided some punch. Just not quite enough.

Ortiz was the extent of the Red Sox' offense in their 5-3 loss to the Orioles before 36,866 a...

BOSTON -- For much of last night, Erik Bedard labored in his featured pitching matchup with ace Josh Beckett, battling not only a tough Boston Red Sox lineup, but also dehydration. He couldn't consistently throw his fastball over the plate. His curveball was darting into the dirt before hitting the inside of catcher Ramon Hernandez's mitt. And late in his outing, Bedard, his face flush white, admitted he felt as if he might faint right out on the mound.

But in the most ...

GUTTING IT OUT

The pinpoint control and dominant stuff that Erik Bedard has had for much of this month was absent. Struggling to get his fastball over the plate for a strike, Bedard walked five Red Sox in six innings, tying his career high. But amazingly, Bedard left the game after the sixth inning, allowing only two runs on David Ortiz's third-inning home run. Bedard allowed just two hits - both to Ortiz - and struck out six. He improved to 5-0 with a 2.21 ERA in six J...