Sunday, April 09, 2006

Red Sox Sweep Orioles.

The Red Sox completed a weekend sweep of the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon with a 4-1 victory at Camden Yards.

The now 5-1 Red Sox struggled early against the deceptive pitching of nemesis Rodrigo Lopez, but broke through to take a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning. Sox starter, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield earned the win with a nice bounce-back performance after his rough outing last week against the Texas Rangers. Wake finished his six inning stint with a flourish by striking out the side before giving way to Mike Timlin, Keith Foulke and new closer Jonathan Papelbon, who earned his third save of the young season, and his second in as many days.

Adam Stern, playing center field in place of Coco Crisp, had two hits and two RBI to pace the Sox. Mark Loretta chipped in with the RBI single that drove Lopez from the game in the sixth inning. J.T. Snow also had two hits for the Red Sox.

The Sox have Monday off before playing their home opener on Tuesday afternoon when they welcome the revamped Toronto Blue Jays to Fenway Park.

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