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Red Sox top Orioles 3-2

Posted by Robert Mays  July 2, 2010 06:47 PM

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Middle of the 9th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 3

It took almost 20 pitches and was probably a bit more interesting than necessary, but Papelbon manages to get Baltimore to go down 1-2-3 including a final strike out of Josh Bell to end the game.

End of the 8th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 3

Ortiz with a hard ground ball up the middle, but with the shift on, Izturis is right there on the second-base side of the bag to make the play and end the inning. Papelbon on looking for the save.

Bottom of the 8th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 3

As go-ahead base hits go, it's hard to get less emphatic than the single Nava just put into right field. Batting right-handed, Nava sliced a fly ball just into the grass in right field that landed between three charging Orioles and allowed Scutaro to score easily from second.

Bottom of the 8th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

After a two-out double from Scutaro, that's the end of Bergesen's night. His 7.2 innings is equal to his longest outing of the season. Will Ohman on to pitch for Baltimore.

Daniel Nava is going to pinch hit for Eric Patterson with two outs and Scutaro on second.

Bottom of the 8th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

Brad Bergesen is breaking all sorts of new ground here at Fenway tonight. Through 7.2 innings, he's struck out 7, more than doubling his previous season high of 3.

Middle of the 8th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

Ty Wigginton with a hard-hit ball to left with two outs, but Eric Patterson is there and the inning is over.

End of the 7th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

The Sox go down 1-2-3. The only remarkable thing about this game is the fact that we're 7 innings in and it's only been an hour and a half. Feels like the type of situation the baseball gods will set right with 7-10 extra innings.

Middle of the 7th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

Wakefield gets out of the inning despite a lead-off walk to Matt Wieters.

End of the 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

Two straight called-third strikes as Ortiz and Youkilis both go down looking to end the inning. Youkilis really wasn't happy with that one. He had a few words for home plate umpire Andy Fletcher before moving back toward the Sox dugout.

Middle of the 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

No base runners that inning for the O's. Adam Jones grounds out to Youkilis to end the inning, but it was a beautiful at-bat compared to the others two of the inning. Tim Wakefield made both Nick Markakis and Ty Wigginton look silly as both struck out swinging.

End of the 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

Darnell McDonald gets stranded on second as Scutaro grounds out to the pitcher to end the inning.

Bottom of the 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

"Money" by Pink Floyd coming over the PA at Fenway as Kevin Cash steps to the plate. Cute.

Bottom of the 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

J.D. Drew is the Boston offense tonight. On a 1-0 pitch, Drew hits his second home run of the night to left field. It's Drew's second multi-homer game of the season. The last came against, guess who, the Orioles, on April 30. It's tough to be the Orioles.

Middle of the 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1

Tejada hits it hard and deep to center but McDonald corrals the ball at the warning track and the inning is over.

Top of the 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1

Three singles lead to another run for Baltimore. Wakefield's having his first trouble of the night here. Runners are on the corners with two outs and Tejada at the plate.

Top of the 5th: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1

Matt Wieters hits a ground ball to second that Bill Hall easily handles to get Wieters for the first out of the inning. Coming into tonight, Wieters was batting .238 with 6 home runs. He's batting sixth tonight for a team that's 30 games under .500. Remember when he was the next Joe Mauer? That was fun.

End of the 4th: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1

Youkilis reaches first on a throwing error by the ageless Miguel Tejada, but Beltre lines out to right as the Sox try to hit and run.

Bottom of the 4th: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1

Fans at Fenway a little over-zealous on an Ortiz fly ball that never had a chance to get out. With the way this game has gone though, it's hard to blame them for wanting a little excitement.

Middle of the 4th: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1

Wakefield strikes out Adam Jones to end the inning, but the damage was done. Tied at 1 heading to the Bottom of 5.

Top of the 4th: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1

Nick Markakis takes a 1-2 Wakefield pitch into the Sox bullpen to tie the game. That ball was hit really hard on a low line. No way that thing gets out of most parks.

End of the 3rd: Orioles 0, Red Sox 1

Three straight flyouts for the Sox. Things are moving quickly tonight.

Middle of the 3rd: Orioles 0, Red Sox 1

Another scoreless inning for Baltimore as Julio Lugo gets left on first base. Wakefield not having much trouble so far.

End of the 2nd: Orioles 0, Red Sox 1

Bill Hall goes down on strikes to end the Sox 2nd. Hall marks the start of the stretch of the Sox lineup that shows off their new walking wounded look. Bill Hall at second base. Darnell McDonald in center. Kevin Cash behind the plate. Just like everyone predicted in April.

Bottom of the 2nd: Orioles 0, Red Sox 1

That ball certainly carried. J.D. Drew sends a 1-1 pitch out into the seats atop the Green Monster to make it a 1-0 game.

Bottom of the 2nd: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0

Ladies and gentlemen, Kevin Cash. The newly acquired Red Sox catcher guns down Adam Jones as he tries to steal second base to end the inning.

That's just the third runner caught stealing this season with Tim Wakefield on the mound.

End of the 1st: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0

Sox down in order. Scutaro looks at strike three on the outside corner followed by a fly out from Eric Patterson and a ground out to first by Ortiz.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0

Well, that was quick. Three harmless fly-ball outs to left center field as Wakefield puts the Orioles down in order.

A quick note: Darnell McDonald will be batting eighth and playing center field for the Sox tonight. Originally, Mike Cameron was slated to be in both of those spots but was scratched due to abdominal soreness.

Top of the 1st: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0

We're about five minutes away from the first pitch here at Fenway, and it looks like a perfect night for baseball. 73 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. As always, we encourage your comments and thoughts throughout the game.

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