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Red Sox Rally, But Still Lose 5-4 To Baltimore

Guerrero drove in Derek Lee to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead in the eighth.  Closer Kevin Gregg got the save and the Orioles have now won two in a row over the Sox (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / April 27, 2011)

The Red Sox lost their second straight as they fell to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 Wednesday night.

The Sox bats didn’t show up until the top of the eighth inning, after they were already trailing 4-0. In that frame, they put together a few hits and rallied back to tie the game. Jacoby Ellsbury singled and then Dustin Pedroia reached based with a walk.  Adrian Gonzalez stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI single, and then Kevin Youkilis followed that up with a home run to left field that tied the score 4-4. 

Although the rally was impressive, Baltimore upset Boston fans in the bottom of the eighth, scoring one more run, which proved to be enough for closer Kevin Gregg, who pitched a perfect ninth.

After already having a run thrown out at the plate in the inning, Vladimir Guerrero took a pitch of Daniel Bard right back up the middle to knock in Derek Lee, who represented the go-ahead run.  The Red Sox didn’t have it in them in the ninth and received their 13th loss of the season.

Sox starter Josh Beckett allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings of work.

Boston looks to avoid the sweep Thursday night, and they have a good chance because starting pitcher Jon Lester has a career record of 13-0 against the Orioles.

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