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.