Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 10-8

The Red Sox' offense didn't need warm weather or more time or new players.

It needed a challenge. Brad Penny's second-inning implosion last night - three walks, three singles, a grand slam, and seven runs before the second out - should have doomed the Sox before the beer vendor's first case ran out. The touchdown deficit only provoked them.

The Sox, averaging 4.1 runs per game, hung four in the second inning. J.D. Drew hit a solo home run in the third. They tied the Ori...

BOSTON -The Orioles learned long ago that no lead is safe against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, but they had plenty to feel good about after the top of the second inning Friday night. They had a seven-run advantage and their ace, Jeremy Guthrie, on the mound.

With the temperature in the mid-60s, it was as close to comfortable as the Orioles could get at the venerable ballpark on Yawkey Way.

By the bottom of the second inning, the Orioles' advantage was cut to th...

SAME OLD

The Orioles keep scoring runs, and their pitchers keep giving them up. On Friday, the offense scored seven times in the second inning and once more in the fourth only to see the score tied at 8 by the fifth. Orioles pitching has allowed 54 runs over the past five games.

QUITE AN INNING

In the top of the second, the Orioles scored seven runs on four hits and three walks (two with the bases loaded) and made Brad Penny throw 40 pitches. Nick Markakis landed ...