Game over: Red Sox 8, Orioles 7
On to Game 162. The Orioles made it interesting with a run in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon. But after Matt Wieters' tapper drove in the seventh run and Ryan Lavarnway was able to throw him out at first base for the second out, Papelbon went 0-2 to Adam Jones and threw 10 pitches in all to Jones, who grounded out to third for the final out of the game.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 6
Pedroia singled, but that was it against Kevin Gregg. Papelbon in to try to close it out.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 6
Bard had his issues again as Chris Davis had an RBI single with two outs and Nolan Reimold an RBI triple. Bard has an 11.70 ERA this month.
Top 8th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 4
Wow. Ryan Lavarnway. A solo homer, his second of the game.Is he the catcher of the future now?
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 4
O's reliever Zach Phillips set down the side in order. Rays lead 5-3 in the eighth inning at the Trop.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 4
Jones homered to center before Aceves retired the side. Solid work by Aceves so far.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 3
Crawford tripled and scored on a two-run shot to left by Scutaro. What a strong month he is having.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 3
Aceves allowed a leadoff single by Hardy. Then he got three fly balls. And he's not starting why? Hello? Bueller?
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 3
This is not going to be easy. Britton walked Pedroia and Ortiz with one out. That was enough for him. In came Jason Berken and being that he is righthanded, he struck out Jed Lowrie. Gonzalez walked to load the bases. Lavarnway then hit a pop up down the line in right. Markakis came a long way and made a terrific diving catch to save two runs at least
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 3
Bedard proved as hopeless as his rotation brethren of late. Guerrero singled and Wieters homered. When Reynolds walked and Davis singled with one out, Aceves came in.
Reliable as always, he got Reimold and Andino on fly balls to right field.
Sox better keep scoring. Oh, and their starters now have a 7.28 ERA in the last 23 games. Hope Curt Young is renting.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 1
A child shall lead them? Ryan Lavarnway drove a three-run homer to left field and the Sox are up.
Ortiz singled hard off the scoreboard in right. Gonzalez singled with one out. Then the kid hammered a 3-1 fastball over the fence for his first big league homer. What a moment for him.
The Sox had a chance for more when McDonald doubled and went to third on a wild pitch. But Crawford grounded to second against a drawn-in infield and Scutaro flied to left.
Up 4 runs. Cant. Lose. This. Game.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1
Nick is having computer issues. Pete here temporarily.
Bedard struck out Reinold and Andino before Hardy walked. But he retired the dangerous Markakis on a fly ball to left.
The Rays are up 2-1 on the Yankees in the third inning in St. Pete.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1
McDonald doubled to left with two outs. Ellsbury then launched one to right center, No. 32 of his amazing season. Lots of well-struck balls by the Sox off Britton so far. That's a good sign.
Top of the 3rd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
Bedard allowed a double by Jones. But Lavarway threw him out stealing third. Reynolds struck as did Davis. It was a weird play for Davis as he "swung" getting out the way of a high-and-tight fastball and the ball ended up in the field. Bedard threw him out from there for the rare K, 1-3
Middle of the 2nd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
Nothing doing for Sox as Britton looks like he has good stuff tonight.
Top of the 2nd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
Buck Showalter told me before the game that Vladimir Guerrero has a lot of baseball left in him. Erik Bedard knows it. Guerrero doubled to left center to drive in the first Orioles run. Bedard, who quickly retired the first two batters, walked Nick Markakis before Guerrero struck.
What's interesting about this matchup is that once upon a time, Bedard was Zach Britton, a highly-touted lefty who came through the Orioles system.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
David Ortiz knocked into a double-play after Dustin Pedroia singled as the Red Sox' funky lineup tonight gets underway.