Series: Game 3 of 3

Baltimore won 2-1

Game 1: Wednesday, July 21
Game 2: Thursday, July 22
Game 3: Thursday, July 22

Orioles 0

(43-51, 23-25 away)

Red Sox 4

(52-43, 31-17 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 22, 2004

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: T. Wakefield (6-6)

    L: D. Borkowski (1-2)

    Wakefield picthes seven shutout innings

    BOSTON (AP) -- Tim Wakefield pitched seven shutout innings five days after a line drive hit his pitching shoulder, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Thursday for a split of their day-night doubleheader.

    The Orioles won the opener 8-3 behind Melvin Mora's two homers and four RBIs, and the pitching of Rodrigo Lopez.

    Boston salvaged the finale of the three-game series, ending its first three-game home losing streak of the season. The Red Sox trail first-place New York by 8{ games in the AL East and host the Yankees in a three-game series starting Friday night.

    In the night game, David McCarty had a two-run single and Kevin Youkilis hit his fourth homer of the season, ending Baltimore's four-game winning streak.

    Wakefield (6-6) didn't miss a start after being hit in the right shoulder with a liner in the fourth inning of last Saturday's 5-0 loss at Anaheim. He left after that inning.

    On Thursday night, he allowed eight hits, all singles, struck out four and walked none. Mike Timlin pitched the eighth and Alan Embree finished the 10-hitter, Boston's ninth shutout of the season.

    Wakefield gave up singles to the first two batters he faced, Brian Roberts and David Newhan. But McCarty threw Roberts out at home as he tried to score on Mora's flyout, and Tejada fouled out.

    Wakefield also held the Orioles scoreless after he allowed two singles in both the second and fifth.

    The Red Sox went ahead 3-0 in the first against Dave Borkowski (1-2).

    Mark Bellhorn walked and advanced to third on a balk and a wild pitch. David Ortiz walked, and Bellhorn scored when Manny Ramirez hit into a forceout at second. Singles by Trot Nixon and Youkilis loaded the bases before McCarty's two-run single.

    Youkilis' homer made it 4-0 in the fourth.

    In the day game, the Orioles scored three runs in the first inning against rookie Abe Alvarez, making things easier for Lopez. Eight of Lopez's 30 career wins are against the Red Sox.

    ``I like to pitch here,'' he said as a smile flashed across his face. ``The history of the ballpark and the fans create an awesome atmosphere.''

    Tejada added a two-run shot for Baltimore.

    Kevin Millar hit a two-run homer, and slow-footed Ortiz had two triples for Boston.

    ``That kid's been tough on us before,'' Boston manager Terry Francona said of Lopez. ``But we're going to have to do better. We have the people to do better.''

    Lopez (8-6) gave up one run and 10 hits in six innings, improving to 8-2 in his career against the Red Sox. He is 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA against them this season.

    Buddy Groom pitched two innings and allowed Millar's homer before Jorge Julio worked a hitless ninth.

    Alvarez (0-1) lost his major league debut after being recalled from Double-A Portland before the game. He gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings, with five walks and two strikeouts.

    Tejada made a splendid play up the middle to end the game on Bill Mueller's grounder, but sat on the grass for a few minutes before limping off.

    ``It was just a cramp,'' he said as he pointed to his left calf. He played the entire night game.

    The Orioles took a 3-0 lead in the first on Mora's RBI double and Tejada's homer.

    Gabe Kapler's RBI single cut it to 3-1 in the second, but Mora hit a solo homer in the third. Jerry Hairston's had an RBI double in the fifth, and Roberts tripled in a run in the sixth before Millar's homer cut the lead to 6-3 in the eighth.

    Mora's second homer made it 8-3 in the ninth. He had three hits and three runs.

    Notes: Mueller shaved his head between games but did not play in the night game. ... Mora had his second career two-homer game. ... Alvarez was sent back to the minors after the first game. Ricky Gutierrez, acquired Wednesday from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named or cash, was activated and started at shortstop in the second game. ... Ortiz has a career-high three triples. ... The Red Sox signed eighth-round draft pick RHP Kyle Bono from Central Florida. He'll report to Class-A Lowell. ... LHP Jimmy Anderson was designated for assignment when Alvarez was called up. ... Alvarez, at 21 years, 9 months, was the youngest pitcher to make his debut with the Red Sox since Jeff Sellers on Sept. 15, 1985. Sellers was five months younger.

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