BALTIMORE -- One year to the day the Red Sox were eliminated from the 2011 postseason, losing to the Baltimore Orioles while the Tampa Bay Rays were pulling off miracles, revenge was not on the menu at Camden Yards. Boog's Barbeque was doing its usual brisk business, though.
The Red Sox will have two more shots this weekend at the Orioles, who are trying to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in 15 seasons. Friday night was not the time for any score-settling, as the Orioles scored six times in the first inning, on a two-run home run by Chris Davis and a grand slam by Ryan Flaherty, to make fast work of Aaron Cook and the Red Sox 9-1.
The Sox were held to one hit, a bunt single by leadoff man Scott Podsednik to open the game, in falling to the Orioles for the 11th time in 16 meetings.
Podsednik bunted past the mound for his hit, took second when second baseman Flaherty threw wildly, advanced to third on a sacrifice by Pedro Ciriaco and scored on Dustin Pedroia's sacrifice fly. That was all the Red Sox would manage against Orioles starter Chris Tillman and reliever Troy Patton.
With five games to play, the Sox are now 69-88, a loss away from matching the '92 Sox for the worst record since 1966, when the Sons of Billy Herman went 72-90.
The Sox are 7-17 in September, with a chance to eclipse the 7-20 mark that got Terry Francona fired a year ago.
The revenge motive didn't exactly burn fiercely in the Sox clubhouse. Only Ryan Lavarnway and Pedroia were in the starting lineup in Game 162 last season, when the Sox lost the only game all season in which they led after eight innings, the dearly departed Carl Crawford unable to make a sliding catch of Robert Andino's sinking liner off Jonathan Papelbon.