The Boston Red Sox had their five-game winning streak ended last night by the Baltimore Orioles, and also their streak of nine consecutive games in which starters went five innings while allowing three runs or less.
Clay Buchholz, saddled with last night’s loss, pitched into the seventh, however he allowed four runs on twelve hits, the most hits ever given up in his career. If not for the Orioles’ inability to plate more runs, the outcome could have been much worse.
However, one of the league’s hottest pitchers, Josh Beckett, will be on the mound tonight to start a new streak for the Sox. Beckett, 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA, has been outstanding in his last three efforts. Beckett will be up against hard-luck hurler Jeremy Guthrie, who despite a 3.12 ERA has a record of 1-3.
Last night, Baltimore rookie pitcher Zach Britton held the Sox to just five hits, working his sinker to induce 13 groundball outs on the night. The victory for Britton marks the first time in franchise history a rookie has won four games in the month of April.
Beckett will look to make that a distant memory tonight.
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