Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 9-4

BALTIMORE - David Ortiz stuck around long enough yesterday to watch Manny Ramírez hit his 501st home run, one of three homers the Sox hit in a 9-4 spanking of the Baltimore Orioles, and while Ortiz reacted with his customary embrace of the left fielder, you might hear the sound of just one hand clapping in the immediate future.

Ortiz, who did not play yesterday, is scheduled to return to Boston today for additional tests on his injured left wrist, including a magnetic r...

By the fourth inning yesterday, every item on Orioles manager Dave Trembley's wish list had been reduced to wishful thinking. Brian Burres hadn't kept Jacoby Ellsbury off base, avoided the big inning or put himself in position to get deep into the game and rest a tired bullpen.

And as a result, a season that looked so promising about 10 days ago continued to spiral in the wrong direction. The Boston Red Sox continued their weekend merry-go-round on the bases at Camden Y...

A recap of the Orioles' 9-4 loss to the Red Sox yesterday:

Beaten and bruised

The training staff needs to apply an ice pack to Brian Burres' ERA. It definitely swelled a little after yesterday's start. The Orioles' left-hander allowed seven runs in four innings, raising his ERA from 4.15 to 4.87. It was 3.16 before he surrendered 15 runs over his past two starts. Burres gave up 12 hits yesterday, and they weren't scattered. He faced 24 batters in four innings, and 13...