Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/22/12

BALTIMORE- The Baltimore Orioles got some timely power and pitching, and that was enough to break their two-game losing streak Tuesday night.

Steve Tolleson and Wilson Betemit both hit two-run homers, and starter Brian Matusz helped make them stand up as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1 at Camden Yards.

Tolleson hit his first homer this season, a two-run shot off Boston starter Felix Doubront in the second inning. Betemit belted his homer in the eighth off Matt Albers to give the Orioles (28-16) a three-run cushion.

Matusz (4-4) threw 6 1/3 solid innings for his third win. He gave up one run on just two hits and tied a career high with nine strikeouts, an effort that earned him a standing ovation from fans who've been tough on him at times in 2011 and 2012.

"I had chills going through my body," Matusz said. "It was such a great feeling to see the fans on their feet like that. It's a pretty special feeling."

The left-hander retired the final eight Boston batters he faced, striking out five of them. The Red Sox (21-22) prouced just one genuine threat against him and scored their only run on a Kevin Youkilis solo homer.

Matusz has won his last three starts and four out of five. Earlier this season, he snapped a 12-game losing streak dating back to 2011.

"He had command of two breaking balls, which is really hard to do," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "It's a good team that's on top of their game offensively and to have that type of outing in a much-needed situation is impressive. Hopefully, it can carry over, and he can be that consistent guy he's capable of being."

The home runs took care of the offense on a night when neither team could do much.

Tolleson hit a one-out shot to left-center in the second to make it 2-0 early.

"There was a big hole in the right side," he said. "I was really just trying to put the ball in play and move the runner."

The Baltimore bullpen again took care of the rest in the game. Darren O'Day got the final two outs in the seventh. Pedro Strop came on in the eighth, and Jim Johnson closed it for his 16th save of the season and 24th in a row dating back to last year.

The Red Sox stayed close, though, thanks to Doubront's good start. He gave up two runs on four hits in his six innings, and he struck out a career-high nine.

Doubront ended his night by striking out the side in the sixth inning. He took his first loss after winning three consecutive starts.

Youkilis cut the lead to 2-1 with a solo homer off Matusz in the top of the third with two outs, hitting a shot to center on a 1-1 pitch.

"That's as good a swing as I've seen [him] have," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "[His] sprinting around the bases was a good sight."

Youkilis was playing his first game since April 28. He had been on the disabled list due to a back strain.

The Orioles added some much-needed insurance when Betemit hit his two-run shot in the eighth for a 4-1 lead. That was enough as Matusz and the bullpen combined to retire 16 of the last 17 Boston batters.

NOTES: Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A Bowie, about 30 to 40 minutes from Camden Yards. Roberts hasn't played since May 16, 2011, thanks to symptoms from concussions. He gets 20 days for rehab and said he's pretty sure he'll use the whole 20. ... Baltimore's Adam Jones stretched his hitting streak to 14 games with a third-inning single. ... Valentine said before the game that outfielder Cody Ross' foot injury may not be as bad as first feared. The Red Sox put him on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game. Outfielder Ryan Sweeney went on the seven-day concussion DL, and the Red Sox purchased the contract of Scott Podsednik from Triple-A Pawtucket. Boston cleared a spot on the 40-man roster for Podsednik by moving right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to the 60-day DL. Matsuzaka is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery performed last June. ... When the Sox reached .500 with Monday's win, that matched their best record of the season. They're still trying to get a winning record for the first time.

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