Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Nate McLouth led off the bottom of the first with a home run and the Orioles went on to score twice more in the inning en route to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox, giving Baltimore a sweep of the three-game series at Camden Yards.
J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis also homered for the Orioles, who have won four in a row and will carry at least a share of the AL East lead to St. Petersburg for a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays to conclude the regular season.
Jim Thome contributed a pair of run-scoring singles in the victory, while Joe Saunders pitched 7 1/3 solid innings for his first win in four starts. Saunders (3-3), in his seventh outing for Baltimore after being acquired from Arizona in late August, yielded three runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Cody Ross belted a solo homer and Daniel Nava added a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who have lost five in a row and nine of their last 10. Boston has reached 90 losses for the first time since finishing the 1966 season at 72-90. The Red Sox will now try to help the Orioles, as Boston heads to New York to wrap up the campaign with three against the Yankees.
Zach Stewart (1-4), in his second start for the Red Sox, was roughed up for five runs on seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings. Stewart was one the players the Red Sox acquired from the White Sox in the deal that sent Kevin Youkilis to Chicago.
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