Series: Game 3 of 3

Baltimore won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 1
Game 2: Saturday, August 2
Game 3: Sunday, August 3

Red Sox 7

(64-46, 29-30 away)

Orioles 5

(52-56, 29-25 home)

    1:35 PM ET, August 3, 2003

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    BOS 002012011 7 10 0
    BAL 001002002 5 7 0

    W: T. Wakefield (9-5)

    L: R. Helling (6-8)

    S: B. Kim (7)

    Red Sox launch six homers, break four-game skid

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- David Ortiz hit two of Boston's six home runs, and the Red Sox halted a four-game losing streak by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 Sunday.

    It was the fifth career two-homer game for Ortiz, the third this season. Doug Mirabelli, Johnny Damon, Trot Nixon and Bill Mueller also connected for the Red Sox.

    Tim Wakefield (9-5) allowed three runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings to become the ninth pitcher to win 100 games with the Red Sox. The knuckleballer struck out five and walked one in winning his third straight start.

    Byung-Hyun Kim, the fifth Boston pitcher, got six outs for his seventh save.

    Luis Matos homered for the Orioles, whose eight-game winning streak at Camden Yards ended. Baltimore was seeking its first three-game home sweep of the Red Sox since September 1974.

    Rick Helling (6-8) yielded five runs and eight hits, half of them home runs, in six innings. The right-hander has given up 23 homers this year, 10 more than any other Baltimore starter.

    The game was halted for 57 minutes in the seventh inning after a loud thunderclap, a thick bolt of lightning and a sudden rainshower sent the players scurrying for cover. Two outs later, another rain delay ensued before the top of the eighth, this one for 62 minutes.

    Mirabelli gave Boston a 2-0 lead in third, lining an inside fastball into left-field seats after Mueller hit a leadoff single. Matos hit his second homer in two games in the Orioles' half.

    Damon made it 3-1 with his 11th home run in the fifth, a drive that easily cleared the 25-foot scoreboard in right. Ortiz and Nixon added solo shots in the sixth.

    Baltimore chased Wakefield in the bottom half. Brian Roberts led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Conine. Jay Gibbons then singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Tony Batista.

    Ortiz homered in the eighth off Kerry Ligtenberg to make it 6-3, and Mueller hit a shot to right against Ligtenberg in the ninth.

    Game notes

    The Red Sox activated RHP Jeff Suppan, who will make his Boston debut on Tuesday, and designated utilityman Lou Collier for assignment. ... All four of Mirabelli's homers have come against right-handers. ... Helling has allowed at least one homer in 16 of his 22 starts. ... Nine of Wakefield's 100 wins have come against the Orioles.

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