BALTIMORE — Alex Wilson was summoned from Triple A Pawtucket on Thursday and joined the Red Sox at Camden Yards. The rookie righthander was needed to bolster a bullpen worn out by a tough three-game series at Tampa Bay that included a 14-inning game on Monday.
Wilson found himself unexpectedly in the spotlight, called on to rescue the Sox in another marathon game. He nearly pulled it off, too.
But Chris Davis drove in the winning run with a bloop single to left field as the Orioles beat the Sox, 5-4, in 13 innings in a game that last 4 hours, 35 minutes.
Wilson (1-1) got through two innings and picked up two quick outs in the 13th before Nick Markakis walked. Adam Jones then singled to right field.
Those still remaining in the crowd of 20,098 celebrated when Davis hit the ball just over shortstop. Left fielder Jonny Gomes had no play.
T.J. McFarland (1-0) pitched a perfect inning for the victory.
The marathon game against the Rays, a 10-8 Red Sox victory, included a big lead lost, several comebacks, and nearly a brawl. It was a much more sedate affair against the Orioles as the teams barely seemed awake as the night dragged on.
The Red Sox scored two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game and didn’t have another hit. The extent of their offense in extra innings came when Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference in the 10th and stole second.
He was stranded when Darren O’Day struck out Shane Victorino.
Ellsbury has stolen at least one base in six consecutive games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Red Sox player to accomplish that was Hall of Famer Tris Speaker in 1913.
The Red Sox are 1-3 against the Orioles this season, the only team against which they have a losing record. Going back to September 2011, the Sox are 8-22 against Baltimore.
The Orioles moved into second place in the American League East, 2½ games behind the Red Sox. The teams have three more games left in the series.
Will Middlebrooks had two of the nine hits for the Red Sox. The Sox fell to 13-15 in games decided by one or two runs.
The Orioles are an incredible 40-17 in games decided by one run over the last two seasons.
Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman, a 22-year-old rookie, came into the game with an 8.81 earned run average and 1.76 WHIP in four starts. But he held the Sox to two runs over 5⅓ innings.
Those runs came on back-to-back home runs to center field with two outs in the fourth inning by David Ortiz and Mike Carp. Ortiz’s ball landed nearly halfway up the bleachers. It was his 14th this season and No. 415 for his career.
Carp entered the game in the third inning when Mike Napoli became ill. The home run was his seventh of the season over 39 games. Carp had five homers in 59 games for Seattle in 2012.
Gausman, who was the fourth pick of the 2012 draft out of Louisiana State, was done in the sixth inning after 91 pitches. The Sox tied the game in the seventh against lefty Brian Matusz.
Daniel Nava, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Will Middlebrooks had singles to load the bases. It was an impressive at-bat for Middlebrooks, who fell behind, 0 and 2. He took two offspeed pitches in the dirt then fouled off two pitches before driving the ball to left field.
With the bases loaded, Stephen Drew hit a deep drive to center field that Adam Jones tracked down at the wall. It went for a sacrifice fly.
Ellsbury followed with a ground ball to second base. It should have been a double play to end the inning. But the feed from Ryan Flaherty to shortstop J.J. Hardy was wide as Middlebrooks came barreling in. The throw to first was a split-second late to get Ellsbury and Saltalamacchia scored.
Ellsbury was then thrown out trying to steal second by Matt Wieters. It was only the third time he has been caught stealing in 32 attempts.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront allowed four runs, three earned, over 4⅔ innings. He gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out five.
The Orioles scored three runs in the third inning when they sent eight batters to the plate.
Danny Valencia, who played 12 forgettable games for the Red Sox last season, led off with a home run to left field. Flaherty then dropped a double down the line in left.
Nate McLouth sacrificed Flaherty to third. Manny Machado’s single up the middle gave Baltimore a 2-0 lead.
Singles by Markakis and Davis scored another run.
Doubront didn’t get through the fourth inning. With one out, Markakis reached on an error by Middlebrooks. Jones was then hit by a pitch. Doubront struck out Chris Davis for the second out but Wieters singled to give the Orioles a 4-2 lead.
Doubront walked Hardy and Red Sox manager John Farrell pulled him out. Franklin Morales came on and got Valencia to pop to shortstop and leave the bases loaded.
Morales stayed in for the sixth inning and left two runners stranded when he struck out Jones.
Andrew Miller pitched the seventh inning for the Sox and struck out three. The Sox went in order against Baltimore’s Tommy Hunter in the eighth inning.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.