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Game 97: Smoltz rocked, Sox lose

Final - 7.26.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 1 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 10 1
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 6 0
WP: David Hernandez (3 - 2)
LP: John Smoltz (1 - 4)

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John Smoltz: rocked. Offense: absent. Anything new in Red Sox Nation?

Smoltz gave up six runs in five innings to take his fourth loss of the season in the 6-2 game. He gave up nine hits, walked one and struck out six on the outing.

Offensively ... yeah. Not so good. Jed Lowrie hit a sac fly and Dustin Pedroia doubled to give the Sox their only two runs. Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits in the leadoff spot and Adam LaRoche, making his second start as a Sox, went 2 for 4. J.D. Drew had a run and a hit.

So, no sweep. Winning two of three is nice, but this team still isn't ready to compete. It'll be interesting to see what else Theo Epstein does with the trade deadline coming up. If the Sox continue to forget how to hit the ball, he may pull off a bigger trade than some of us may be expecting.

Sox host the A's on Monday at 7:10 p.m. Josh Beckett will be on the hill.