Beckett Better But Sox Fall To Last Place Orioles

Matusz leads Orioles past skidding Red Sox 5-2


AP Sports Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) – Rookie Brian Matusz won his third consecutive

start, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Josh Beckett and the fading

Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night to cap a memorable first month

under manager Buck Showalter.

Luke Scott hit his career-high 26th homer, had two RBIs and

scored twice to help the Orioles extend their winning streak to

four. Baltimore went 17-11 in August, 17-10 with Showalter in the


The Orioles last had a winning August in 1997 – the most recent

season in which they finished above .500.

Matusz (7-12) allowed two runs, six hits and a walk in six-plus

innings. The left-hander struck out six, including David Ortiz

three times.


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