The Orioles scored nine runs from the sixth inning on to secure a 9-1 win Tuesday.
The Sox left 11 men on base and committed two errors in falling to 1-4 on their current homestand.
Boston remains 6 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the wild card race. Only 11 games remain as Red Sox Nation keeps a sharp eye on the standings.
Orioles (61-90) at Red Sox (83-68)
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7:10 p.m. NESN
Fenway Park, Boston
Baltimore leads the season series 9-8.
RHP Kevin Millwood (3-15, 5.14 ERA) vs. RHP John Lackey (12-11, 4.63 ERA)
Lackey has lost four straight starts for the first time in his career (he dropped four decisions in a row in 2004, but over the course of five starts) after a rough outing to start the homestand.
In 4 1/3 innings of an 11-9 loss to Toronto, Lackey gave up seven runs — six earned — on eight hits. He is 2-6 with a 5.49 ERA in his last nine starts.
The righty is 6-3 with a 2.66 ERA in his last 12 outings vs. Baltimore.
It has been a difficult season for Millwood but like a lot of Orioles he has been better lately. Over a span of eight starts his record is just 1-4 but his ERA is a solid 3.02. He gave up just a run in seven innings against the New York Yankees his last time out.
Millwood is 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA in eight career starts at Fenway Park.
|Brian Roberts, 2B
Nick Markakis, RF
Ty Wigginton, 1B
Luke Scott, DH
Matt Wieters, C
Adam Jones, CF
Felix Pie, LF
Robert Andino, 3B
Cesar Izturis, SS
|Ryan Kalish, CF
J.D. Drew, RF
Victor Martinez, C
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Mike Lowell, 1B
Bill Hall, 2B
Josh Reddick, LF
Yamaico Navarro, SS
This homestand had some promise before it began but much of that was lost just a few innings into the opener, in large part due to John Lackey. He can at least finish it on a good note and send the Sox to New York for the last time with a little bounce in their step. There isn't much of that right now.
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