Series: Game 2 of 3

Baltimore leads 2-0 (as of 8/2)

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

Red Sox 2

(63-46, 28-30 away)

Orioles 11

(52-55, 29-24 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 2, 2003

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: R. Lopez (4-6)

    L: D. Lowe (11-5)

    O's win eighth straight home game with rout

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Luis Matos homered to cap a seven-run sixth inning as the Baltimore Orioles dealt the Boston Red Sox their fourth straight loss, 11-2 Saturday night.

    Jay Gibbons went 4-for-4 with three doubles, and Rodrigo Lopez (4-6) allowed two runs in six innings to help the Orioles win their eighth straight home game and improve to 11-5 since the All-Star break.

    The Orioles on Sunday will try to complete their first three-game sweep of the Red Sox in Baltimore since September 1974.

    Nomar Garciaparra homered for the Red Sox, whose losing streak is one short of their season high. Boston, which fell 4{ games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East, has been outscored 29-8 during the current skid.

    Derek Lowe (11-5) gave up six runs, five earned, and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings in falling to 8-2 over 15 starts since May 17.

    Held to an unearned run through the first five innings, the Orioles rallied against Lowe to go up 8-2 in the sixth. Jeff Conine hit a leadoff single, went to third on a single by Gibbons and scored when Tony Batista rolled an opposite-field single to right.

    After a sacrifice put runners on second and third, Deivi Cruz received an intentional walk to load the bases for Brook Fordyce, who drove in a run with a slow grounder to third.

    Jose Morban followed with a two-run single up the middle to chase Lowe, who was 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in his previous five starts against Baltimore.

    Former Oriole Mike Timlin allowed an RBI single to Brian Roberts and a two-run shot to Matos, who snapped a 6-for-42 skid with his eighth home run.

    Gibbons doubled in the seventh and scored when Damian Jackson booted Cruz's grounder to third. Gibbons doubled in a run and Larry Bigbie hit an RBI single in the eighth.

    The game attracted 49,334 fans, the third sellout of the season at Camden Yards and the second-largest crowd in the 12-year history of the ballpark.

    The Orioles took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the first. Conine hit a two-out single and scored when Boston catcher Jason Varitek dropped the relay from Garciaparra on Gibbons' double.

    After stranding a runner in scoring position in the first and second innings, Boston finally broke through in the fifth. Johnny Damon singled ahead of Garciaparra, who hit a 1-0 fastball into the left-field seats for his 18th homer.

    Game notes

    Orioles LF Melvin Mora missed a fifth straight start with a hand injury. ... Boston 3B Bill Mueller was not in the starting lineup after having a wisdom tooth extracted Friday. ... Gibbons' three doubles gave him a career-high 31 this season ... Morban had one RBI this season before hitting the two-run single.

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