07/01/09 3:11 AM ET
O's send Bergesen to face Red Sox ace
Boston (47-30) at Baltimore (35-42), 1:35 p.m. ET
By Brian Eller / MLB.com
Entering Tuesday's game -- won by the Orioles in dramatic fashion, 11-10 -- the Red Sox had won nine straight games against their divisional foe, including 12 of 13 dating back to July 2008. It's a series that has been largely one-sided, and manager Dave Trembley recognizes that his team must perform well against Boston.
"We have to be at our best to beat them," Trembley said. "I would doubt that they would give games away, they just don't seem like the kind of team to just give them away. They're a very good defensive club."
Of course, the skipper made those statements before the Orioles erased a nine-run deficit en route to the biggest comeback in franchise history and the biggest comeback by a last-place team over a first-place team.
Wednesday's game will be a matchup of arguably the two teams' top starting pitchers. Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett will try to become the American League's fifth 10-game winner this season, joining Kansas City's Zack Greinke, Toronto's Roy Halladay, Minnesota's Kevin Slowey and teammate Tim Wakefield.
Beckett is 5-1 over his past six starts, including a complete-game shutout of Atlanta on June 20. He gave up six earned runs in six innings at Philadelphia on June 14, but did not allow a run in his previous two starts, and has not issued a walk in his past three.
Beckett has faced the Orioles once this season. He picked up a win against them on April 18, allowing three earned runs over six innings in his team's 6-4 win in Boston. For his career, Beckett is 5-2 with a 3.80 ERA against the Orioles.
Dueling Beckett will be Brad Bergesen. The rookie has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles this season, going 5-2 with a 3.76 ERA. He is 3-0 in his past four outings, and he has pitched at least six innings in six straight starts. In four of those starts, he has lasted at least seven innings.
Bergesen, who has never faced Boston, will have his hands full, particularly against left fielder Jason Bay, who is leading the American League with 69 RBIs.Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Brad Bergesen (5-2, 3.76 ERA)
Bergesen continued to shine in his last outing, throwing six innings and giving up just one earned run while striking out five. It was his fifth win of the season and the fourth straight decision he has won. The Orioles have provided him plenty of cushion, scoring 11 runs in his most recent win. BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (9-3, 3.48 ERA)
The ace will close out this nine-game road trip with the goal of continuing his recent dominance. Beckett has been nothing short of electric of late. In his past seven starts, he has a 1.24 ERA. In five of his past seven starts, he did not allow an earned run. This is his last start before All-Star selections, and he is looking like a strong candidate to make the team, perhaps even as the starter. He is holding opponents to a .239 average. In eight road starts, he is 5-3 with a 4.03 ERA. Tidbits
Oscar Salazar had a career-high three RBIs on Tuesday, all of them coming on his first home run of the season. ... The Orioles' 5-7 hitters went 7-for-10 with six runs and four RBIs. ... Tuesday marked the second time this season that the Orioles played a game that featured multiple singles, doubles, triples and home runs. The other came on April 15, against Texas.
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Brian Eller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.