O's look to avoid sweep

Orioles turn to Lopez in series finale vs. Sox

The Orioles and Red Sox waited out a 90-minute rain delay to play a tight, one-run ballgame Saturday night. Starting pitchers Curt Schilling and Bruce Chen dueled through the fifth inning, but Schilling went deeper in the game and earned a 2-1 win. The two teams will meet again Sunday, but Boston has already earned a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-three series.

"I sat there thinking the whole time we were going to win the game, 3-2. I really did," said Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo. "It just didn't happen tonight, but we played well."

The series finale will pit Baltimore ace Rodrigo Lopez against Boston's Tim Wakefield, a matchup of two veterans that struggled in their season debuts. Lopez has more career wins against the Red Sox than any other opponent, notching a 10-5 record with a 3.78 ERA. Wakefield is 11-11 with a 4.10 ERA for his career against the Orioles.

Baltimore hasn't scored before the sixth inning in any of its last three games -- all losses, incidentally. That cold streak comes right on the heels of the O's erupting for 25 runs in the first two games of the season. The Orioles scored eight runs in Friday night's loss, but that burst came after they went down by 11 runs.

The Orioles have only won this season series once in the last five years, racking up a 42-54 record against Boston over that span. Things are even more one-sided at Camden Yards. Baltimore hasn't gotten the best of the Red Sox at home since 1998, and since then, the O's have an 18-43 home record against the Sox.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (0-1, 17.18 ERA)
The knuckleballer couldn't get out of the fourth inning and allowed seven earned runs in his season debut.

BAL: LHP Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 6.43 ERA)
Lopez received a lot of run support and worked through the seventh inning to earn a win on Opening Day.

Player to watch
Trot Nixon, who homered on Thursday and Friday night, is a career .349 hitter (15-for-43) against Lopez.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
• Gameday
• Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WBAL 1090 AM

Up next
• Monday: Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 1-0, 5.40 ERA) at Devil Rays (RHP Seth McClung, 0-1, 21.00 ERA), 7:15 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Orioles (RHP Kris Benson, 0-1, 2.57 ERA) at Devil Rays (LHP Mark Hendrickson, 1-0, 0.00 ERA), 7:15 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Orioles (RHP Daniel Cabrera, 0-1, 47.25 ERA) at Devil Rays (LHP Casey Fossum, 0-0, 11.57 ERA), 7:15 p.m. ET

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.