Saturday, July 09, 2005

Red Sox 7, Orioles 2

WP: Bronson Arroyo (7-5)
LP: Sidney Ponson (7-7)

The Orioles struggles heading into the All-Star break have now dropped them to a familiar place over the past eight years: looking up at Boston and New York in the American League East standings.

The loss last night to the Red Sox combined with the Yankees' win over Cleveland knocked the Orioles to four behind Boston and a half a game behind New York.

Sidney Ponson continued the plight of Orioles starters not named Daniel Cabrera, as Ponson gave up five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings.

Johnny Damon went 4-5 with a pair of doubles and Manny Ramirez had three RBI to spark the BoSox, while David Ortiz and Bill Mueller both added two RBI of their own.

A bright note in the loss was Sammy Sosa going 1-3 with a walk as he continues to come out of his long slump. He is batting .308 (4-13) with three walks since manager Lee Mazzilli decided to make him the designated hitter on July 4.

Rafael Palmeiro went 2-4 with a homerun for the Orioles and is now only five hits away from 3,000.

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