Orioles 4, Red Sox 1

The momentum the Boston Red Sox brought with them from the West
Coast was no match for a rookie with a wicked sinkerball and a
torrid fastball.

Zach Britton allowed one run in six innings to earn his fourth
win, Derrek Lee had two hits and scored twice, and the Baltimore
Orioles ended Boston’s five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory
Tuesday night.

Britton (4-1) became the first rookie starter in franchise
history to win four games in April. He has an impressive 2.84 ERA
and owns nearly half of Baltimore’s nine victories this year.

On this night he outdueled Boston starter Clay Buchholz (1-3),
who allowed four runs and 12 hits in 6 2-3 innings.

”Four runs with the way (Britton) was pitching was too much,”
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. ”He bent but he didn’t break.
We just didn’t have the offense tonight.”

Blame Britton, who gave up five hits, walked two and struck out
two.

Left-handed hitter David Ortiz, who went 1 for 2 with a walk
against the rookie, said, ”He’s super-tough on righties. He’s a
young kid who just come in the league. It seems like he has good
stuff. He was hitting 95 (mph).”

After splitting a pair of games in Oakland, Boston took four
straight from Los Angeles and was on the verge of reaching .500 for
the first time.

Britton wouldn’t let it happen.

”I can see why they like him,” Francona said. ”He’s got
velocity. It looks like he’s got some poise.”

Adam Jones drove in two runs for the Orioles, who won for only
the third time in 14 games, and Vladimir Guerrero had his first
three-hit game since coming to Baltimore as a free agent during the
offseason.

After Britton left, Jim Johnson notched four strikeouts in two
innings and Kevin Gregg worked a perfect ninth for his third
save.

Buchholz never retired the side in order, but he managed to keep
the Red Sox close.

”I thought I threw the ball better tonight than I did in the
earlier game (against Oakland) when I got a win out of it,” the
right-hander said. ”I felt like I was throwing all my pitches for
strikes. They sat back and hit a couple of good curve balls.”

Kevin Youkilis drove in the run for the Red Sox, who got only
six hits.

Baltimore ended Boston’s run of 19 straight scoreless innings by
taking a 1-0 lead in the second. Luke Scott singled, took third on
a one-out double by Mark Reynolds and scored when Matt Wieters’
bouncer hit first base for a single. Buchholz then struck out
Robert Andino and Brian Roberts.

The Orioles used two singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly by
Jones to go up 2-0 in the third.

Boston closed to 2-1 in the fourth when Dustin Pedroia singled,
advanced on a groundout, stole third and scored on a fly ball by
Youkilis.

The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth before
Adrian Gonzalez grounded into a fielder’s choice.

In the bottom half, Lee and Guerrero singled before Jones hit a
run-scoring fly to center. Reynolds chased Buchholz with a
sacrifice fly in the seventh.

NOTES: Wieters was 7 for 7 with 11 RBIs with runners in scoring
position before grounding out with two on in the seventh. …
Boston starters have a 1.33 ERA over the last 10 games. … Roberts
extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a sixth-inning single.
… Buchholz was 5-2 lifetime against Baltimore and 3-0 in his
previous three starts at Camden Yards.