Series: Game 4 of 4

Baltimore won 3-1

Game 1: Friday, August 8
Game 2: Friday, August 8
Game 3: Saturday, August 9
Game 4: Sunday, August 10

Orioles 5

(57-59, 26-32 away)

Red Sox 3

(68-49, 39-19 home)

    2:05 PM ET, August 10, 2003

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: J. Johnson (10-5)

    L: J. Suppan (10-8)

    S: J. Julio (29)

    Baltimore takes three of four in series

    BOSTON (AP) -- Jorge Julio was throwing 100 mph. Nomar Garciaparra was at bat. The bases were loaded and the count was full.

    "It was one of those big-time confrontations," Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said. "I don't even know if it gets more dramatic than that."

    After walking the bases loaded, Julio struck out Garciaparra on a slider in the dirt to preserve Baltimore's 5-3 victory on Sunday and earn his 29th save. Jack Cust had a two-run homer and an RBI double and Jason Johnson (10-5) pitched six strong innings as the Orioles continued to dent Boston's playoff hopes.

    "You come into Boston and beat them in their own ballpark -- you're not supposed to beat them at all," Hargrove said. "It's very satisfying and gratifying to see our young kids come through."

    Long out of the pennant race, the Orioles took 3-of-4 from Boston over the weekend -- sweeping a doubleheader on Friday -- to drop the Red Sox three games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Baltimore, which trails New York by 13{ games, took 2-of-3 from Boston last week.

    After the game, the Red Sox left for a seven-game West Coast trip against Oakland and Seattle, the two teams they could be fighting for an AL wild-card spot. Then it's back to Fenway for seven more games against the Athletics and Mariners.

    In all, Boston plays 21 of its next 25 games against potential playoff teams.

    "Obviously, we know what's ahead of us," Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon said. "We know what we have to do."

    Johnson allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and two walks, and Jay Gibbons had a pair of run-scoring extra-base hits for the Orioles.

    Jeff Suppan (0-1) gave up five runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four in his second start since being acquired from Pittsburgh at the trading deadline; he was 10-7 for the Pirates.

    Gibbons doubled with two outs in the first to score Luis Matos and make it 1-0. Tony Batista and Cust hit back-to-back doubles in the fourth to make it 2-0.

    Kevin Millar singled and scored on Trot Nixon's triple to cut Baltimore's lead to 2-1. But Deivi Cruz doubled to lead off the sixth and scored one out later on Gibbons' triple. With two outs, Cust hit a two-run homer to give Baltimore a 5-1 lead.

    Boston got runs in the sixth and seventh on Nixon's RBI single and a solo homer by Jason Varitek.

    Game notes

    Boston farmhand Bronson Arroyo pitched a perfect game for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, beating Buffalo 7-0. He struck out nine in the fourth Perfect game in the 120-year history of the International League. ... Varitek matched a career high (set in 1999) with his 20th homer. ... Orioles OF Jeff Conine missed the game with soreness in his right elbow. He was scheduled to return to Baltimore after the game to be examined by the team doctor. ... With the 267th double of his career, Garciaparra moved into 10th place on the team's all-time list, passing John Valentin. ... The Red Sox were caught stealing twice, both times in innings when they scored.

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