Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 7-4

It clearly doesn't matter.

It doesn't matter if Dustin Pedroia hits second or fourth or first. Wherever he is in the batting order, he seems to produce. It might be hits or runs or RBIs. He is always, always, in the middle of the fray these days.

Though it was Coco Crisp's two-out single to center field that broke a tie in the sixth inning - what would become a decisive four-run sixth inning - it was Pedroia's line single to right that provided the eventual winning run ...

BOSTON --Dustin Pedroia's two-run single capped a four-run sixth inning, Paul Byrd pitched seven efficient innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the struggling Baltimore Orioles 7-4 on Monday night.

The Red Sox, who had the AL's second-best record at 18-9 in August but failed to gain ground on AL East-leading Tampa Bay, which went 21-7, pulled to five games behind the idle Rays. Boston increased its lead to three games in the wild card race.

Baltimore, swept in a three...

MAKE IT STOP: When manager Dave Trembley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz met with their pitching staff before last night's game, this was not what they had in mind. Orioles pitchers walked 10 last night, five by Garrett Olson.

OLSON GIVES IT UP: With one out in the sixth and the Orioles leading by a run, Jason Bay hit a one-out double, starting a four-run Boston rally off Olson that essentially put the game away. Jed Lowrie hit an RBI double, Coco Crisp drove in the go-...

BOSTON - When manager Dave Trembley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz summoned all the Orioles pitchers into a small room in the corner of the visiting clubhouse about 2 1/2 hours before last night's game, Garrett Olson remained outside.

The rookie left-handed pitcher sat at a table in the middle of the clubhouse and read a book, and then he consumed a pre-game meal before preparing for his start. He had heard the message Trembley and Kranitz delivered in the 45-minute pi...

The starting pitching woes of their parent club have been well documented, but the Double-A Bowie Baysox certainly cannot relate to the Orioles' problems.

For all the talk about Eastern League Most Valuable Player Lou Montanez and top prospect Matt Wieters, the Baysox's rotation has been the backbone of the Southern Division champions. Bowie will start its playoff run tomorrow as a best-of-five series against the Akron Aeros begins at Prince George's Stadium.

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