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Final: Red Sox 6, Orioles 5

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  July 31, 2009 10:19 PM

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No Change (9:21, MID 8, 6-5 Red Sox)
Bay's lead off single didn't amount to anything for the Sox as Lowell followed with a grounder that was turned for a double play. Varitek then flied out to center for the third out.

Ramirez In (9:13, END 7, 6-5 Red Sox)
Ramon Ramirez replaced Smoltz to start the inning. Ramirez gave up a single to Wieters. Izturis flied out to left. Roberts then hit a grounder back to Ramirez who juggled the ball and made a bad throw to second that gave the Orioles runners on first and second. But Reimold and Jones followed with ground balls that got Ramirez out of the inning.
Smoltz gave up five earned runs on eight hits in six innings.

Guthrie Out (9:04, MID 7, 6-5 Red Sox)
With two outs, Youkilis hit a two-run homer to deep left field, driving in Ellsbury, who reached on a single to left. Matt Albers was called in to face Ortiz, who hit a ball to deep center. Ortiz tried to stretch the hit into a double, but Adam Jones one-hopped a throw to easily get a sliding Ortiz. Guthrie left the game having tossed 6.2 innings, allowed nine hits and six earned runs.

Long Ball (8:48, END 6, 5-4 Orioles)
With one out, Markakis just missed a homer, knocking a double off of the top of the scoreboard in right. Huff then drove the first pitch he faced beyond the wall in center for the 200th homer of his career, which gave the Orioles a 5-4 lead. After Wigginton grounded out to short, Scott drove a shot to deep center field, where Ellsbury made an outstanding catch, slamming against the wall to end the inning.

Moving Along (8:43, MID 6, 4-3 Red Sox)
Lowell flied out to left, Varitek flied out to center and Baldelli was thrown out at first on a hard-hit ball to third.

Shutdown (8:32, End 5, 4-3 Red Sox)
Izturis and Roberts each flied out to center and Reimold struck out to end a quiet inning.

Sox Regain Lead (8:32, Mid 5, 4-3 Red Sox)
Ellsbury's solo homer to right moved the Red Sox back in front. Pedroia followed with a single but was caught stealing, with Youkilis at the plate. Youkilis eventually singled but was stranded when Ortiz and Bay each flied out.

Diving Smoltz (8:32, END 4, 3-3)
Smoltz managed to get Huff and Wigginton out to begin the inning. Then went all out on Scott's grounder. Smoltz dove to make the stop, but no one was at first to make the play. Wieters grounded out to second to end the inning.

No Luck (8:32, MID 4, 3-3)
Three up and three down for the Red Sox. Varitek popped out to center, Baldelli struck out and Green flied out to left.

Orioles Even Score (7:51, END 3, 3-3)
The one bad inning that has plagued Smoltz this season is back. Matt Wieters who reached on a single and moved to second on Cesar Izturis's bunt, scored the first run for Baltimore. Brian Roberts hit an infield single to short, but Green's throw to third skipped by Lowell's glove and allowed Wieters to score. Reimold then drove a homer to the opposite field that just reached over the wall in right to tie the score. Francona came out to contest the homer but after it was reviewed, the homer stood.

Ortiz Homers (7:51, MID 3, 3-0, Red Sox)
With Youkilis on base after a single, Ortiz cranked his 15th home run of the season to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Bay was thrown out on a hard hit grounder and Lowell drove a fly ball to deep left field, where Reimold made the catch against the wall.

Orioles Stumped (7:51, END 2, 1-0 Red Sox)
Nick Markakis and Aubrey Huff led off with back-to-back singles. But Ty Wigginton hit into a double play that allowed Markakis to move to third, where he was stranded when Luke Scott struck out.

Bay Scores(7:51, MID 2, 1-0 Red Sox)
Jason Bay led off the inning with a walk. Mike Lowell followed with a single to center, that extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Jason Varitek walked to load the bases. Rocco Baldelli's fly ball to left wasn't deep enough to score Bay, but Nick Green followed with a fly ball to center that drove Bay in.
The inning ended when Ellsbury was called out on a close play at first.

Double Play (7:51, END 1, 0-0)
John Smoltz got the start tonight and is looking for his second win of the season. After Brian Roberts led off with a ground out to second, Nolan Reimold was hit by a pitch. But the inning quickly ended when Adam Jones hit an infield grounder that led to a double play.

Ortiz Gets Mixed Greeting (7:51, MID 1, 0-0)
With two outs and Jacoby Ellsbury on second base, David Ortiz stepped to the plate to a chorus of boos and applause, with some fans standing in support of the slugger. But Ortiz ended up striking out to end the inning.


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