Game over: Orioles 12, Red Sox 9
That's three straight losses against the Orioles for the Red Sox. The Orioles also have won their first series of the season.
The Sox have lost two straight after fighting to get to 11-11. They allowed 12 runs on 12 hits tonight.
Back later with a report from the clubhouse.
Top of the 9th: Orioles 12, Red Sox 9
Manny Delcarmen retired the side in order. The line on Wakefield: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3 HR.
Alfredo Simon in to try and close it out for the Orioles. He'll face the top of the order.
Middle of the 8th: Orioles 12, Red Sox 9
That was the only offense for the Sox in the inning as Cla Meredith retired the side. If not for the poor relief job by Wakefield, the Sox might have won this game. Heck, they still could.
Top of the 8th: Orioles 12, Red Sox 9
Ortiz just destroyed a pitch from Castillo, nearly hitting it into Eutaw Street. Big Papi stood and watched the 401-foot shot. That's four homers for the Red Sox in this game.
Top of the 8th: Orioles 12, Red Sox 8
My belief in Wakefield was overstated it seems as Scott homered to right to bump the lead back to four runs. That's four homers for the Orioles.
Middle of the 7th: Orioles 11, Red Sox 8
Drew grounded out to end the inning. Wakefield stays in for the Sox.
Top of the 7th: Orioles 11, Red Sox 8
Back come the Sox. Van Every singled and went to third on a double by Scutaro. Martinez drove them in with a two-out single. The RBIs were his first since April 20. Youkilis followed with a two-run shot to left.
Hendrickson is out and Alberto Castillo is in.
Top of the 7th: Orioles 11, Red Sox 4
The cornerstone of my "Wakefield will get the win" theory was that Wakefield would pitch well once he came in relief because he would have something to prove.
Not so much. Wigginton started the winning with his second homer. Hughes followed with a single. With two outs, Jones singled then Markakis parked one over the scoreboard in right.
The Sox have been outscored 32-25 by the Orioles this season. That's embarrassing. The Orioles have three homers tonight and 11 hits.
Middle of the 6th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 4
The Sox needed to punch back in that inning. Instead Drew and Ortiz whiffed and Beltre flew to center. Orioles reliever Mark Hendrickson needed only eight pitches to get through the inning
Top of the 6th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 4
Matsuzaka melted down in the fifth and was unable to finish it. Wigginton homered with one out, driving a ball into the seats in left. Hughes then singled before No. 8 hitter Reimold drew a walk. Izturis grounded into a force at second. Jones hit a slow roller to third base for an infield hit and an RBI. That was a tough break for Matsuzaka, who threw a good pitch (a slider) and fooled him.
Then came the barrage:
Wieters three-run homer to left
Tejada double to left
Matsuzaka is out and Wakefield is in.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 3
Scutaro led off with a single. But Pedroia grounded out, Martinez flew to left and Youkilis grounded to third as Tejada made a nice play on a hard-smash down the line. Matsuzaka comes back out having thrown 62 pitches over the first four innings. He has retired seven in a row.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 1
Three up and three down for Dice-K. Beltre made a nice play on a slow roller to end the inning. Matsuzaka is on cruise control so far: 4 1 1 0 2 4.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 1
Youkilis reached on an infield single before Drew hammered an RBI double into the right-field corner. After Ortiz hit a fly ball to left, Beltre doubled to the base of the wall in center to drive in Drew.
Beltre has now hit in eight straight at 15 of 28 and has 10 RBI.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1
OK, so maybe Wakefield won't be pitching. Dice-K (aided by a nice diving catch by Van Every) retired the side in order.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1
Jonathan Van Every, playing for a sore Jeremy Hermida (left quad) just homered to center. It was the second dinger of his career, both with the Sox.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 1
Strong second inning for Matsuzaka. He struck out Scott looking. Wigginton walked and was thrown out stealing. It was the second runner gunned down by Martinez in as many nights. Then Hughes struck out swinging.
That's three K's in two innings for Dice-K
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 1
Cancel the calling hours for David Ortiz's career. He just homered into the first row of the seats in right center. It's 1-1.
No. 2 on the year for Big Papi.
According to GameDay, it was a 90-mph belt-high fastball. If David can't hit that stuff out, he needs to call it a day.
Bottom of the 1st: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
Well I'm shocked. Daisuke Matsuzala walked the first batter he faced on five pitches, threw away a pickoff throw then allowed an RBI single.
Four words for you tonight: Winning pitcher Tim Wakefield. Just watch.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
The Sox went in order against Bergesen. Now it's Dice-K time.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Good evening everybody. It's 84 degrees at game time here in Baltimore. Hope you enjoy the game(s) tonight.