The short-handed Orioles dropped another one-run game and fell 20 games below .500 for the first time all season Tuesday night, but more importantly, the loss clinched the team's ninth straight losing season. Baltimore will get going again Wednesday, but it will do so with the knowledge that a lot more work has to be done.
"We've got what we have. We're doing the best we can with what we have," said Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo. "We've got a couple guys injured who can't play, and that makes it a lot tougher for us. We've just got to make the best of it until we get healthy."
Staff ace Erik Bedard will try to give the Orioles their third straight strong pitching performance. The southpaw is Baltimore's only starter with an ERA under 4.00, and the next closest starter is nearly a half-run higher. Boston will counter with Tim Wakefield, who's 2-1 against Baltimore this year and 13-12 against the O's for his career.
The Orioles have won this season series once in the last nine years. Baltimore is 1-12 against Boston this year and 48-71 since 2000. Things don't change much at Camden Yards, where the O's are 1-6 against the Sox this season and 18-42 since 2000. Baltimore hasn't swept Boston at home in a three-game series since 1974.
BAL: LHP Erik Bedard (13-9, 3.91 ERA)
Bedard has been streaky this season, and he's 3-3 with a 3.27 ERA since the All-Star break.
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (7-8, 4.14 ERA)
The knuckleball specialist missed close to two months with a stress fracture in his ribcage.
Player to watch
Ramon Hernandez homered again Tuesday night and has four homers in his last three games.
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Official game notes
Thursday: Red Sox (LHP Lenny DiNardo, 1-2, 7.42) at Orioles (LHP Adam Loewen, 5-5, 5.32), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Orioles (RHP Hayden Penn, 0-2, 36.82) at Tigers (RHP Jeremy Bonderman, 11-8, 4.18), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Orioles (RHP Kris Benson, 10-10, 4.66) at Tigers (LHP Nate Robertson, 12-12, 3.84), 7:05 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.