Streaking Orioles break Fenway hex, win fourth straight

" Unsung hero: Brian Burres tasted victory for the first time in his major league career through his five inning, seven hit, two run outing Friday night against the Red Sox.

" Heroes: Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora each had perfect 4-for-4 days at the plate and proved the difference in Baltimore's snapping of Boston's four-game winning streak.

" Figure this: After going 9-10 vs. the Orioles in 2004, the Red Sox are 27-12 vs. Baltimore since the 2005 season began, and Boston has won 10 of the last 12 meetings at Fenway.

" Elias Says: The Red Sox left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings, the first time they've done that in a loss since May 7, 1992, against the White Sox.

-- ESPN.com news services

Orioles 6, Red Sox 3

BOSTON (AP) -- Baltimore left-hander Brian Burres earned his
first major-league victory, and in the process learned something
about pitching out of jams.

"Yeah, that I don't like getting in them," the 26-year-old
rookie said with a laugh on Friday night after lasting five innings
to help the Orioles win their fourth consecutive game, a 6-3
victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora had four hits apiece, and Markakis
also made a nice grab on Jason Varitek's line drive to the warning
track for the second out in the fifth. Burres then fell behind 3-0
to Wily Mo Pena before Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada walked over
to calm him down.

"I told him, 'You're two pitches away from getting your first
win. You worked so hard for four innings,"' Tejada said. "It's
good for him and great for us to see him go five innings."

Burres (1-1) allowed two runs on seven hits, striking out three
and walking five _ including David Ortiz three times. Four
relievers bridged the gap to Chris Ray, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth
for his eighth save.

"I'm glad for the kid," said reliever Jamie Walker, who went 1
1-3 innings. "His first big-league win; it'll be one he remembers,
I'm sure. This is one of the Meccas of sports."

Markakis singled to start a three-run rally that broke a
fifth-inning tie, and the Orioles got help when Red Sox right
fielder Pena misplayed two consecutive balls: one went over his
head for an RBI ground-rule double, another glanced off his glove
for a run-scoring two-base error that made it 5-2.

Julian Tavarez (1-4), who is Boston's fifth starter and was
outspoken in his opposition to the team's attempts to sign Roger
Clemens, gave up five runs _ four earned _ on 10 hits while
striking out two in five innings. It was the first time in six
games that a Red Sox starter failed to go at least six innings.

Boston left the bases loaded in the first, second and seventh
innings, stranding a season-high 13 in all.

"We had our chances earlier in the game and we didn't take
advantage," Red Sox infielder Alex Cora said. "The kid did a good
job, just surviving. He made pitches when he had to and that's why
he won the game."

The loss snapped Boston's four-game winning streak and was just
its fourth loss to the Orioles in 26 games going back to September
2005. Baltimore improved to .500 for the first time since losing
nine of 10 to drop from second place behind Boston to 12-16 and
last in the AL East.

Markakis led off the fifth with a single, Tejada followed with a
single. Two outs later _ one of them Aubrey Huff's RBI groundout _
Mora hit a long line drive that had Pena circling as he went back,
waving at it as it bounced off the warning track and into the

Jay Gibbons followed with a sinking liner that Pena made a stab
at while coming in; it glanced off his glove to bring in another
run and gave Baltimore a 5-2 lead. The Red Sox loaded the bases
against left-hander John Parrish in the seventh with two walks
surrounding Kevin Youkilis' double, then Jason Varitek walked to
make it 5-3.

Tejada made a leaping catch on J.D. Drew's liner but was unable
to convert the double play with a falling-backward toss to Brian
Roberts. Cora flied out to center to end the inning.

Game notes:
Baltimore improved to 11-5 in the AL East. ... Parrish
came in to face Ortiz with two outs and Julio Lugo on first, then
picked the runner off to end the inning without throwing a pitch.
... OF Jay Payton got a rest. Gibbons played left, with Corey
Patterson in center and Markakis in right. ... Boston LHP Jon
Lester played long-toss from 120 feet before the game, then threw
some from flat ground and some offspeed pitches. He'll play catch
tomorrow then will throw a bullpen session on Sunday, manager Terry
Francona said. ... OF Manny Ramirez extended his hitting streak to
10 games with a first-inning single. ... RHP Devern Hansack was
optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket and LHP Javier Lopez was called up
to replace him.