The Orioles got one of their rarest gifts of the season Wednesday night: A victory over Boston. The Red Sox are 17-2 against Baltimore in the last 19 games in this series, but the O's can take a home series with a win on Thursday.
"I look at it as a win for us," said Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo. "There's been times where we've played good enough to beat those guys, but things just fell apart for us against that particular team. I hate to keep losing to the same team, so it was a good win."
Baltimore rookie Adam Loewen will get the ball in the series finale, and he'll be trying to avenge his shortest outing of the season. The Red Sox battered Loewen for six earned runs in less than three innings back in August, but Loewen is 3-1 since then. The Sox will counter with Lenny DiNardo, who earned his first big-league victory against the O's earlier this season.
The Orioles have won this season series once in the last nine years. Baltimore is 2-12 against Boston this year and 49-71 since 2000. Things don't change much at Camden Yards, where the O's are 2-6 against the Sox this season and 19-42 since 2000. Baltimore hasn't swept Boston at home in a three-game series since 1974.
BOS: LHP Lenny DiNardo (1-2, 7.42)
DiNardo hasn't started since May, and he's only made two relief appearances in the second half.
BAL: LHP Adam Loewen (5-5, 5.32)
Loewen has been impeccable since the All-Star break, notching a 5-3 record and a 4.40 ERA.
Player to watch
Loewen has already proven he can pitch against the Yankees. It'll be key for him to do the same against Boston.
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Official game notes
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
Sunday: Orioles (TBA) at Tigers (LHP Wilfredo Ledezma, 2-3, 3.13), 1:05 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.