Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 11-5

BALTIMORE - The differences between the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, a team surging toward the playoffs and a team sinking into the drudgery of meaningless September baseball, injected a sense of inevitability into their mismatch last night.

The Orioles took two leads in the first four innings, robbed Jon Lester of his invincibility, and watched their starter pitch six worthy innings. But in the seventh inning, when Dustin Pedroia led off with a single against relieve...

Based on the stats, the recent history, the standings, the pitching matchup and any other indicator that could be dusted off, Saturday night's Orioles-Boston Red Sox contest at Camden Yards was supposed to be a one-sided affair.

The final result, an 11-5 Boston win that gave the Red Sox a mind-numbing 15-2 advantage in the season series between the American League East foes, was predictable.

How it unfolded, though, wasn't.

The Orioles were in the game through six...