Matusz Leads Orioles Past Skidding Red Sox 5-2
[photogallerylink id=41399 align=right]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 dugout.
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.