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

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

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

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.