Game over: Red Sox 10, Orioles 3
Friday Night at the Fights goes to the Red Sox, with Boston beating Baltimore for the second straight night. The Sox scored 10 more runs on 11 more hits, but all anyone will be talking about following the game is the David Ortiz-Kevin Gregg fight in the bottom of the eighth inning, which emptied both benches.
We're heading to the locker rooms now. Stay tuned for postgame reaction. Should be fun.
End of 8th: Red Sox 10, Orioles 3
Pedroia leads off with a walk, and after Drew Sutton -- pinch-hitting for Gonzalez -- strikes out, Josh Reddick triples Pedroia in, and then the fireworks begin. Ortiz, facing Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg, doesn't take kindly to a second straight inside pitch, and points in Gregg's direction, bringing both benches and bullpens streaming onto the field. No pushes or punches thrown. That comes on the next pitch, which Ortiz sends to center field in what ultimately is ruled a double play. But halfway to first, Ortiz stops when Gregg starts barking at him, then charges the pitcher, with both players trying to land big punches. Both benches and bullpens empty again. Ortiz and Gregg are ejected. Also thrown out: Orioles reliever Jim Johnson and Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Middle of 8th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 3
Dan Wheeler in for the Sox. He continues a strong night for the bullpen, striking out Markakis (looking) and Jones (swinging), then getting Guerrero on a groundout to Gonzalez. Sox relievers have retired nine straight batters, striking out six.
End of 7th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 3
New Orioles pitcher Koji Uehara gets the Sox in order: McDonald strikes out, Navarro grounds out to third, and Ellsbury pops to second.
Middle of 7th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 3
In his second inning of work, Albers again retires the Orioles in order. Pie flies to left, Andino takes a called third strike, and Hardy goes down swinging. Albers has pitched two perfect innings, getting four of the six outs by strikeout.
End of 6th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 3
Pedroia's average keeps climbing. He crushes a 3-and-1 pitch from Jakubauskas over the Monster for a solo home run, his 10th. Gonzalez singles again (he's been on base all four trips), but Youkilis strikes out. A walk to Ortiz puts Gonzalez at second, then two flyouts end the inning: Varitek to center, Scutaro to right.
Middle of 6th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 3
Matt Albers is in for Beckett, who goes five innings, his shortest outing since May 4, when a rain delay allowed him to go just 4 1/3 innings. He gives up three runs on seven hits, with two costly walks. Easy inning for Albers, who gets Wieters to pop to Pedroia, then strikes out Lee and Reynolds, both swinging.
End of 5th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 3
Scutaro strikes out looking. McDonald grounds to Reynolds. Navarro reaches on a walk, but is left there when Ellsbury flies to the Wall in left.
Middle of 5th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 3
Beckett loses his shutout when Lee launches a deep homer off the Volvo sign above the Monster, his eighth of the season. Reynolds strikes out on a foul tip, then Pie walks. On an 0-1 pitch to Andino, Beckett's left plant foot slips slightly on his follow-through, bringing home plate umpire Mike Estabrook, Sox manager Terry Francona, and Sox assistant trainer Greg Barajas out to the mound. After a quick observation, Estabrook summons a few grounds crew members to patch up the spot where Beckett slipped. Following the repair, Andino walks, moving Pie to second. Hardy flies to Navarro in left, but Markakis singles past a diving Pedroia and into right-center, scoring Pie. Jones follows with a single into center, which scores Andino and brings pitching coach Curt Young to the mound for a visit. Guerrero sends a bullet down the line in right, but just foul. Would have scored two more runs. Guerrero eventually strikes out swinging, leaving two runners on and limiting the damage to three runs on three hits. Both walks in the inning came around to score.
End of 4th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0
Pedroia grounds out to Hardy, then Gonzalez works a walk to reach base for the third time tonight. Youkilis fouls out to Lee. Ortiz drives a ball right back at Bergesen, who tries to get his glove up in time to catch or deflect it. But the ball hits off Bergesen's pitching shoulder and caroms across the line into foul territory between home plate and third base, drawing a concerned gasp from the Fenway crowd. Bergesen chased after the ball, retrieved it, and once time was called, flipped it on the ground toward the Orioles' dugout. He's been taken out of the game, hopefully for precautionary reasons. Chris Jakubauskas will be the new Orioles pitcher, and since he's coming in for an injured player, he'll have all the time he needs to warm up. After a delay of some 10 or 12 minutes, Varitek steps in against Jakubauskas and hits into a force play to end the inning.
Update: The Orioles say Bergesen was taken out of the game with a right forearm contusion.
Middle of 4th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0
It's been misting, but it's not affecting the gamel. Jones flies to Ellsbury in right-center, and Guerrero lofts a single over Scutaro's head. But for the second straight inning, Beckett induces a double-play, with Wieters grounding to Scutaro, who flips to Pedroia to start the twin killing. Aside from the 30-minute bottom of the first, the pace has been good, just the kind of game you want when there's a threat of storms (and so many Red Sox already have big offensive numbers).
End of 3rd: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0
McDonald takes a called third strike, Navarro grounds hard to Reynolds at third, and Ellsbury sends one to the deepest part of the park, with Jones grabbing it on the run near the 420 sign in center.
Middle of 3rd: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0
Andino singles, then gets cut down when Hardy grounds into a double play, Scutaro to Pedroia to Gonzalez. Markakis flies out to Ellsbury in short left-center. Beckett looks solid.
Trivia question on the scoreboard tonight: Name the two Red Sox who have had four hits in an All-Star game. Answer: Ted Williams (1946, when the game was at Fenway), and Yaz (1970).
End of 2nd: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0
Ortiz strikes out on a foul tip that Wieters holds on to. Varitek also strikes out, and Scutaro cracks his bat on a weak grounder to second.
Middle of 2nd: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0
Staked to a huge lead, Beckett gets Matt Wieters to fly to center, then gives up a double down the left-field line to Derrek Lee. Reynolds strikes out, and Pie grounds out to Pedroia, who makes a nice play ranging to his right.
End of 1st: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0
Jacoby Ellsbury sends a deep drive to center, but Jones runs it down. Pedroia wastes no time reaching base in his 22d straight game, singling sharply up the middle. Gonzalez walks, and Kevin Youkilis scores Pedroia with a hard-hit ball that Hardy can't come up with at short. It's ruled a hit. David Ortiz quickly makes it 4-0, sending Zach Britton's second pitch of the at-bat over the wall in right, just beyond the Orioles' bullpen. It's Papi's 19th home run of the season, and second in as many nights. A walk to Jason Varitek brings out Orioles pitching coach Rich Adair. Marco Scutaro's bouncer up the middle gets past Robert Andino -- who gets his glove on it -- for another hit. Darnell McDonald hits another laser, this one on a line to left that Felix Pie dives for but misses, scoring Varitek and Scutaro to make it 6-0. It's Scutaro's 500th career run scored. Yamaico Navarro strikes out swinging, and Ellsbury, making his second plate appearance of the inning, flares one over shortstop to make it 7-0. That's it for Britton, who didn't get any help from his defense, but was hit hard by six of the 10 batters he faced. It's the first time in 18 starts that the Orioles' rookie fails to pitch into the sixth inning. Tonight, he doesn't even make it to the second. Brad Bergesen is on in relief. Pedroia tags another one right at Hardy, who misplays it for an error. It's the first one officially called, but could have been the fourth error of the inning. What a nightmare frame for Baltimore. It's not over yet. Gonzalez goes the other way to score Ellsbury with a single, and Pedroia advances to third. Youkilis grounds out to Mark Reynolds at third, and 30 minutes after starting the inning, it's finally over. The final count: 8 runs, 7 hits, 1 Orioles error. The Sox send 13 to the plate.
Middle of 1st: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
J.J. Hardy led off the game by grounding out to Dustin Pedroia, whose low throw was scooped nicely by Adrian Gonzalez. Nick Markakis also grounded to short. Adam Jones singled sharply to left, but was left at first when Vladimir Guerrero flew out to Darnell McDonald in right.
Pregame: Under the threat of evening scattered thunderstorms, we're here at Fenway Park for another night of Red Sox baseball. Josh Beckett has just taken the mound for the Sox, hoping to improve on what's already been a solid season: 7-3, 2.12 ERA. He's given the Sox at least six innings in his past 10 starts.
Zach Britton (6-6, 3.47 ERA) is on the bump for the Birds, making his second start of the season against the Sox. On April 26 in Baltimore, he earned the win, holding the Sox to one run on five hits through six innings. The rookie has pitched at least five innings in all 17 of his starts.