It's all tied up folks. The Red Sox lost here at Camden Yards. Tampa Bay won, beating the Yankees at Tropicana Field. The last two games will decide who goes to the playoffs and who stays home.
The Red Sox showed a heartbeat in the 9th inning when Dustin Pedroia drove in Jacoby Ellsbury after Sunday night's hero was hit with a Jim Johnson pitch, was balked to second, and advanced to third on a Carl Crawford (0 for 5) ground out.
After David Ortiz reached on an infield hit, Adrian Gonzalez sent a fly ball to left field for the second out. It was all up to Jed Lowrie, who homered back in the fourth, but the third baseman, swinging for the fences, went down 0-2, evened the count at 2-2, then succumbed to a slider on a swinging strike three.
End of game.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 2
Nice inning by Kyle Weiland. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was injured and had to come out of the game. Caught a foul ball in the collarbone area. Ryan Lavarnway came on to catch.
Top 8th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 2
Bases loaded one out. Nothing. Zero. Nada. After one out, Gonzalez singled, Lowrie walked, and Drew singled. Saltalamacchia struck out on nice curveball by Pedro Strop and Marco Scutaro grounded to short to end the frustrating inning.
The Rays are up on Yanks, 5-2, in the 8th.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 2
Beckett has been relieved by Daniel Bard. Beckett threw 108 pitches in six innings, allowing seven hits and six runs. Not what the Red Sox were looking for.
Top 7th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 2
Top of the Sox order goes down in order.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 2
The big play was Robert Andino's inside-the-park home run to center field. Jacoby Ellsbury went back and was about to make a sensational catch, but he couldn't hold on to the ball. Two runs scored ahead of Andino to complete the four-run inning.
Vladimir Guerrero led off with a single, his 2,587th hit, to become the all-time Dominican leader in hits. He stole second base and after a walk to Mark Reynolds, scored on Chris Davis's double to right. Then came Andino, who has turned into a Red Sox killer, and he made Josh Beckett's night a miserable one.
Meanwhile, the Rays were carrying a 4-2 lead over the Yankees in the 7th.
Top 6th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
The bottom of the Sox order is retired quickly by lefty reliever Troy Patton.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
Beckett did a great job minimizing the damage. After one run scored, Beckett stranded the bases loaded and one out when he got JJ Hardy on a broken bat pop to third and got Nick Markakis to strike out.
The Orioles started the inning with a single by Adam Jones, a walk to Mark Reynolds, and an RBI single to center by Chris Davis. The runners were advanced to scoring position on a sac bunt by Robert Andino. Matt Angle walked to load the bases, but Beckett shut the door.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1
The Rays lead the Yanks, 3-2, in the third. Beckett walked Nick Markakis but continued his strong outing otherwise.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1
Jed Lowrie homered to right on a 1-0 pitch.
Bottom 3d: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1
Beckett handles the bottom of the O's order and leadoff man Matt Angle.
Top 3d: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1
Three-up, three down for the Sox. The Yanks are still beating Tampa Bay, 1-0. Might as well start the scoreboard watching. By the way, Orioles manager Buck Showalter suffered a minor ankle injury before the game and was being treated but was expected back on the bench.
Bottom 2d: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1
Matt Wieters homered to left against Josh Beckett, who started the night 1-1, with a 6.38 ERA in three starts vs. the Orioles.
Top 2d:Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
Jacoby Ellsbury's double to left allowed J.D. Drew (bloop single to right) to score when left fielder Matt Angle made a horrific throw to the infield that landed in foul territory
on the first base side.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
It's 76 degrees here at game time, Very muggy. Not much of a crowd. Hunter got Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford on pop outs to the infield before Pedroia drew a walk and Ortiz slapped a double to left down the vacated third base line.
Hunter walked Adrian Gonzalez intentionally before Jed Lowrie popped to left to end the threat..