Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 6-2

BALTIMORE -- Walking back to the team's hotel the night before, after arguably the team's toughest loss of the season, Terry Francona couldn't help but run into Red Sox fans, many of them in just as foul a mood as he was.

That potentially toxic mix got even worse when he found himself trapped in an elevator with a couple of loudmouths, one of whom wanted to know why he took Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the game. Emboldened, the other guy said, "And what are you planning to do ...

Slow starter

Rookie Garrett Olson didn't look like he'd stick around long, but he lasted 6 1/3 innings in his third major league start. Olson allowed two runs in the second inning and two more in the third, when his pitch count rose to 63. But he shut down the Boston Red Sox over the next three innings before leaving with two runners on base in the seventh. Reliever Paul Shuey stranded them.

Quiet offense

A day after rallying for five runs in the last two innings,...

His catcher and first baseman visited the mound for a brief consultation just two batters into yesterday's game. His pitching coach did some tutoring from a seated position in the dugout, the student bent at the waist to catch every word.

If Orioles rookie Garrett Olson really wanted a lesson in how to succeed in the majors, he needed only to watch the opposing pitcher.

Red Sox @Orioles Today, 1:35 p.m., MASN, 105.7 FM Starters: Curt Schilling (6-5, 4.31) vs. Steve Trachsel (5-7, 4.88)