Boston (8-6) at Baltimore (9-5)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Apr 20, 2005
  • TV: NESN, CSN
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David Wells is finally fitting in with his new Boston teammates.

He will try to post his second straight win when the Red Sox open a two-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Known primarily for his two stints with the archrival New York Yankees, Wells wasn’t exactly greeted warmly by Fenway Park fans after going 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in his first two starts for Boston.

However, the burly left-hander, signed this past offseason after spending last year in San Diego, gave the hometown crowd something to cheer about his last time out.

Wells scattered six hits, struck out three and walked none over seven strong innings as Boston blanked Tampa Bay 10-0 on Friday.

“A bad performance, they probably would have booed me—and rightfully so,” said Wells, who suffered his first two losses on the road. “So that’s a good start. The start of a good relationship—I hope.”

The Red Sox had won a season-high five straight before Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to Toronto.

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz homered for Boston, which squandered a two-run lead in the final two innings.

The Orioles have won seven of nine, including an 8-4 victory over Detroit on Tuesday.

Brian Roberts, one of the majors’ biggest early season surprises, continued his power surge by hitting a three-run homer, and Miguel Tejada and Rafael Palmeiro added solo shots for the Orioles.

Roberts, who managed just four homers in 159 games last year, already has six this season, surpassing his career-high total of five in 2003.

“Obviously at this point, I can’t really come up with words to explain what’s going on,” the 5-foot-9 second baseman said. “I’ve said over and over, I have no idea why it’s happening and what’s going on.”

Roberts, who has at least one hit in all 14 games this season, went 1-for-4 with a walk on Tuesday and is batting .421.

“When it’s going good,” Roberts said, “you just try and relax and let it keep going.”

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D. Wells LAD vs. B. Chen Cle
15-7 Record 13-10
4.45 ERA 3.83
107 K 133
21 BB 63
1.31 WHIP 1.27