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Final: Red Sox 8, Orioles 7

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  May 16, 2011 07:27 PM

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Final: Red Sox 8, Orioles 7

After needing 40 games to finally reach the .500 mark for the first time this season, the Red Sox took just one to climb above .500, rallying from a 6-0 deficit to score an 8-7 victory on Adrian Gonzalez's two-run walk-off double off the wall tonight before a Fenway Park crowd of 37,198.

After Jason Varitek flies out on a towering shot to left, Ellsbury draws a walk, giving the Sox hope. With Dustin Pedroia at the plate, Ellsbury steals second (his 13th stolen base of the season). Pedroia, facing a 3-2 count, walks setting the stage for Gonzalez's heroics.

Middle of 9th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 6

Aceves comes out for ninth and retires the side in 1-2-3 order. He throws 31 pitches, 22 for strikes. Sox down to last three outs to tie it. Kevin Gregg is in the game for the Orioles. He's the sixth reliever for Baltimore.

Bottom of 8th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 6

The Red Sox had the tying run on third, but fail to push it across, going 5-for-22 with RISP. Youkilis greets Uehara with a lead-off double off the wall (he's now 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 1 walk) and then advances to third on Ortiz's ground out to second. After Uehara intentionally walks Drew, he strikes out Lowrie and gets out of the inning by inducing Crawford to pop up to second.

Top of 8th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 6

Aceves holds down the Orioles, allowing a one-out double to right to Vlad Guerrero. He induces a pop up to second by Luke Scott and a fly to right by Adam Jones. Koji Uehara will pitch the bottom of the frame.

Bottom of 7th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 6

The Red Sox came back to tack on a run in the bottom of the frame on three hits against Jim Johnson, the fourth reliever Buck Showalter trots out of Baltimore's bullpen. Lowrie leads off with a triple to center, then scores on Varitek's single to left, pulling the Sox within 7-6. However, Boston strands a pair of baserunners when Ellsbury singles to right and Pedroia lines out to left and Gonzalez fans on an 88 changeup from Johnson.

Top of 7th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 5

Ah, Alfredo Aceves. He giveth, and he taketh away. The Mexican-born righthander gives up a towering lead-off solo home run to Mark Reynolds (0-1 pitch) , making it 7-5, but then he proceeds to shut down the Orioles, retiring the next three batters he faces, including Nick Markakis with a 92 fastball for the third out. The Sox, who are now deep into Baltimore's bullpen, need another inning like the bottom of the sixth to get back into it.

Bottom of 6th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 5

The Red Sox get off the schneid by getting five back on five hits against three Orioles relievers. Jed Lowrie's run-scoring double to right off Michael Gonzalez scores J.D. Drew (single, error left field) from second with Boston's first run. Carl Crawford reaches on a fielding error by Baltimore third baseman Mark Reynolds, putting men on the corners with no outs for Jason Varitek, who shoots an RBI single to right that scored Lowrie, making it 2-0. Gonzalez (1/3-inning, 4 runs, 3 hits) departs the game after inducing Jacoby Ellsbury to fly to center and hands it over to RHP Jeremy Accardo, who inherits a pair of baserunners with one out.

After getting Pedroia to fly out to center, Accardo gives up an RBI single to left to Adrian Gonzalez. Youkilis delivers a huge blow when he chases Accardo (1/3-inning, 1 run, 2 hits) from the game with a two-run double down the line to left, scoring Varitek and Gonzalez to make it 6-5. Youkilis attempts to take third on the throw but alertly stops short of third when the relay is cut off. Youkilis hustles back to second, outracing second baseman Brian Roberts back to the bag. Clay Rapada enters for Accardo and walks David Ortiz before getting Drew, who led off the inningwith a double, to ground to second.

Top of 6th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 0

With two outs, Orioles tack on a run against Atchison, who gives up an RBI single to Adam Jones that scores Guerrero (double to left) from third. Lefthanded reliever Michael Gonzalez will pitch the bottom of the frame for Tillman (5 innings, 5 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts). Tillman threw 88 pitches, 52 for strikes.

Bottom of 5th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Sox threaten by putting a pair of baserunners aboard when Pedroia singles to left and Gonzalez walks with one out. But both get stranded when Youkilis flies to left and Ortiz hits a hard line drive to first. The Sox are now 0-for-7 RISP.

Top of 5th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0

Matsuzaka departed the game after walking Matt Wieters with one out. With two inherited runners in scoring position, Scott Atchison, who was called up today from Pawtucket, relieves Matsuzaka and gives up an RBI single to center, scoring Luke Scott (who drew a walk) from second to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead. J.J. Hardy's sacrifice fly to left scored Wieters, making it 5-0, before Atchison ended the inning by fanning Brian Roberts (85 cutter). Matsuzaka's line: 4-1/3 innings, 5 runs, 5 hits, 7 walks, 2 strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Bottom of 4th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0

The Red Sox put two baserunners aboard with one out when J.D. Drew singled to center and Jed Lowrie walked. Crawford hit a comebacker to the mound which Tillman snagged with a behind-the-back stab. Tillman threw out Lowrie at second but Crawford beat out the throw to first to avoid the GIDP. With men on the corners, Jason Varitek flew out to left, stranding both runners. The Sox are now 0-for-5 RISP for the game.
Update: Baltimore first baseman Derrek Lee departed the game after the top of the third with a left oblique strain. Jake Fox has taken his place.

Bottom of 3d: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0

The Sox have no response, going down in 1-2-3 fashion after Pedroia (right), Gonzalez (left) and Youkilis (center) all hit high flies to the outfield.

Top of 3d: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0

With two men aboard and one out, Matt Wieters hit a stinging RBI grounder that bounced between second and first all the way to right, scoring Vlad Guerrero, who reached on a single to left, making it 3-0. Matsuzaka got out of the inning by inducing Mark Reynolds to fly to right and J.J. Hardy to pop up to short.

Bottom of 2d: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0

After Jed Lowrie fanned on Tillman's 89 fastball, Carl Crawford reached on a single to center and stole second (his sixth stolen base of the season). But Crawford wound up getting stranded when Jason Varitek flew to left and Jacoby Ellsbury grounded to short. The Sox have now left four men on base through the first two frames.They are 0-for-3 for the game with runners in scoring position, and are hitting .218 for the season (83 for 380) with RISP.

Top of 2d: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0

Sox load the bases on Chris Tillman in the first, but wind up stranding all three baserunners when David Ortiz strikes out on a checked-swing and J.D. Drew grounds out to first.

Middle of 1st: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0

Not a good start for Dice-K. He takes one in the gut off lead-off hitter Brian Roberts, who reaches on an nfield hit, and then walks the next batter, Nick Markakis, then gives up an RBI wall-ball double to Derrek Lee that gives the Orioles a 1-0 lead. After DH Vlad Guerrero grounds to short, scoring Markakis from third to make it 2-0, Matsuzaka issues a pair of back-to-back walks to Luke Scott and Adam Jones to load the bases for Matt Wieters. Matsuzaka gets out of the inning by inducing Wieters to fly to left and Mark Reynolds to hit a fielder's choice to third that wipes out Jones at second on the force play.

Pregame

The Sox announced they placed John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 12). Lackey, 32, dropped to 2-5 (8.01 ERA) after absorbing the loss in a 9-3 setback in Toronto last Wednesday night, a game in which he allowed nine runs on nine hits in 6-2/3 innings.

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