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Beckett leads Red Sox into middle test with O's

Apr 27, 2011 - 2:48 PM (Sports Network) - Josh Beckett tries to continue his resurgence this evening when the Boston Red Sox continue their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

After winning just six games and pitching to a 5.78 earned run average last season, Beckett has been tremendous through four starts this year, as he has posted a 2-1 mark to go along with a 1.93 ERA. He did not get a decision on Thursday in Anaheim, but was terrific and allowed two runs and three hits in eight innings.

"It's nice to have confidence in your pitches," Beckett said. "That's something that I definitely have right now. I'm throwing three or four pitches, all of them for strikes when I need them for strikes and for balls when I need them for balls."

Beckett has faced the Orioles 14 times and is 6-3 with a 3.53 ERA.

Baltimore, meanwhile, will counter with a talented righty of its own in Jeremy Guthrie, who has allowed two runs or less in three of his four outings, but is just 1-3 with a 3.12 ERA.

Guthrie lost his third straight start on Thursday against Minnesota, despite allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He also struck out four batters without walking anyone.

The 32-year-old hurler could be in some trouble tonight, as he is just 1-7 lifetime against the Red Sox with a 4.94 ERA in 15 games, 14 of which have been starts.

Boston had its five-game winning streak stopped in Tuesday's opener, as Adam Jones hit two of Baltimore's three sacrifice flies, and Zach Britton threw six solid innings to help the Orioles to a 4-1 win. Vladimir Guerrero added three hits and Matt Wieters went 2-for-4 with a run batted in for Baltimore, which snapped a three-game slide.

Britton, who allowed one run on five hits and two walks, set a Baltimore record by improving to 4-1. He is the only Orioles rookie starter to total four wins in April.

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (1-3) took the loss. He gave up a career-high 12 hits and walked two in 6 2/3 innings, but managed to limit Baltimore to four runs.

"It's just a lot of stress whenever you're out there throwing with a runner on first, second or third base every inning," Buchholz said.

The setback was just the second in the last 10 games for the Red Sox.

Boston split its 18 games with the O's last season, but was 16-2 against them in 2009.








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