Game over: Orioles 6, Red Sox 4 The Red Sox suffered a 6-4 loss in extra innings in the opener of a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles before a Fenway Park crowd of 37,223.
Chris Davis hit an RBI single to right off Franklin Morales (0-1, 6.00 ERA) that broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the 13th. Mark Reynolds followed with a run-scoring sacrifice fly off Scott Atchison that tacked on an insurance run.
Top of 13th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 4 Morales faltered in the 13th when DH Matt Wieters hit a one-out single to left. Wilson Betemit drew a walk to put two men aboard for Chris Davis, who hit an RBI single to right that scored Wieters with the go-ahead run. Scott Atchison relieved Morales and gave up an RBI sacrifice fly to Mark Reynolds, which pushed across Betemit with an insurance run.
Bottom of 12: Red Sox 4, Orioles 4: Adrian Gonzalez reached on a one-out single to right, but was stranded after Dustin Pedroia flew to center and David Ortiz grounded to first. On to the 13th inning.
Top of 12th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 4: Franklin Morales relieved Alfredo Aceves (2.2 IP, 2 H, 6 K) with two out in the top of the 12th. Morales, the fifth Sox reliever out of the pen, faced Nick Markakis (0-for-5) and got him to fly to left to end the inning
Bottom of 11th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 4: Gotta tip your cap to Baltimore's bullpen, which has strung together six scoreless innings of relief, allowing just two hits and one walk. Troy Patten, the fourth reliever out of the O's pen, retired the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion, sending it to the 12th.
Top of 11th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 4: Aceves dominated the Orioles again, striking out the side after allowing a two-out single to Chris Davis, who laced a hanging changeup to right field. Troy Patton will enter the game in relief of Ayala (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 HBP). Due up for the Sox in the bottom of the 11th: Ryan Sweeney, Kelly Shoppach, Mike Aviles.
Bottom of 10th:, Red Sox 4, Orioles 4: The Sox put two base runners aboard when Dustin Pedroia was hit by a pitch and Cody Ross drew a two-out walk. Both, however, wound up getting stranded when Darnell McDonald flew to center.
Top of 10th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 4: For a guy who admittedly doesn't like pitching out of the back end of the bullpen, Alfredo Aceves is looking more and more like a closer. Aceves struck out the side after relieving Matt Albers (2.0 IP, 1 BB). Due up for the Sox: Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz.
Bottom of 9th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 4: Ryan Sweeney, pinch-hitting for Marlon Byrd, led off the inning with a sharply-struck single to center off Luis Ayala. Kelly Shoppach advanced Sweeney to second with a perfectly-executed sacrifice bunt, but Sweeney wound up getting stranded there when Mike Aviles grounded to third and Will Middlebrooks grounded to second, sending it into extra innings, where Alfredo Aceves entered in the 10th for the Sox.
Top of 9th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 3: Matt Albers gave the Sox a chance in the bottom of the ninth for either a walk-off win or a chance in extras with another scoreless inning of relief after he retired the side in 1-2-3 fashion. Luis Ayala entered the bottom of the ninth in relief of Pedro Strop (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB).
Bottom of 8th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 4: The Sox looked to have Orioles reliever Pedro Strop (pronounced St-ROPE) on the ropes when he issued a lead-off walk to David Ortiz. Cody Ross then hit a hard line shot to shortstop J.J. Hardy, who made a spectacular diving stab, then, from his knees, doubled off Ortiz at first. Strop got Darnell McDonald to ground out, leaving the Sox down to their last three outs.
Top of 8th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 4: Nice clean inning of relief for Albers, whose only blemish was a two-out walk he issued to Wilson Betemit. Albers, however, got Chris Davis to ground to second to end the inning, leaving the Sox down to their last six outs to break the tie.
Bottom of 7th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 3: After Adrian Gonzalez (shocker of shockers) beat out a groundball to third for a base hit single, Pedroia hit a two-out fly to right to end the inning. A troubling trend: Only two of the last 11 Sox batters rhave eached base. Matt Albers entered the top of the eighth in relief of Rich Hill.
Top of 7th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 4: Padilla entered in relief of Lester and proceeded to load the bases after giving up a lead-off double to Mark Reynolds, a fielder's choice (in which Adrian Gonzalez fielded a grounder and made an ill-advised attempt to throw out the lead runner at third) and a walk to Robert Andino. Padilla got J.J. Hardy to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, but departed the game after allowing Reynolds to come across with the tying run. It snapped the bullpen's streak of 11 consecutive scoreless innings over the last three games. Padilla handed it over to lefty Rich Hill, who got Nick Markakis to fly out to left to end the inning.
Bottom of 6th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 3: Lindstrom held down the fort for the Orioles and kept them in the game after he retired the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion. Vicente Padilla entered the game in the top of the seventh for Lester (6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 99 pitches).
Top of 6th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 3: Lester continued to cruise in the sixth, allowing a two-out walk to Wilson Betemit before getting Chris Davis to ground out to second to end the inning. Through six, Lester has thrown 99 pitches. Wei-Yin Chen (5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 100 pitches) was done for the night when Matt Lindstrom relieved him in the bottom of the sixth.
Bottom of 5th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 3: Dustin Pedroia hit a go-ahead RBI single to center, scoring Will Middlebrooks, who hit a lead-off double to left, then advanced to third on Adrian Gonzalez's fly to left. Chen minimized the damage, though, striking out David Ortiz and Cody Ross, whose bat went helicoptering into the stands behind the visitors' dugout on his swing at strike three. No one was injured, but one lucky fan went home with a neat souvenir.
Top of 5th, Red Sox 3, Orioles 3: Lester cruised in the top of the fifth, retiring the Orioles in 1-2-3 fashion on nine pitches. He has now thrown 87 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Bottom of 4th, Red Sox 3, Orioles 3: Sox failed to muster a threat when Kelly Shoppach drew a one-out walk, but was forced out on Mike Aviles grounder to second. Aviles then squashed any hopes of taking a lead when he was thrown out attempting to steal second. End of inning.
Top of 4th, Red Sox 3, Orioles 3: Lester began to labor in the fourth, allowing a pair of game-tying runs when he walked the first batter he faced, then gave up an RBI triple to Matt Wieters, scoring Adam Jones, who drew the lead-off walk. Wilson Betemit followed with an RBI single to center, scoring Wieters with the tying run. Lester got out of the inning when he induced Chris Davis to fly to left and Ronny Paulino to hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
Bottom of 3d, Red Sox 3, Orioles 1: The Sox scored two runs on two hits off Chen, who gave up a lead-off single to Adrian Gonzalez and a double to left to Dustin Pedroia. David Ortiz's groundout enabled Gonzalez to score to make it 2-1. Cody Ross's SAC fly to left scored Pedroia to give the Sox a 3-1 lead.
Top of 3d, Red Sox 1, Orioles 1: Mark Reynolds greeted Lester with a lead-off solo homer that cleared the Green Monster seats, enabling the Orioles to tie the game, 1-1.
Bottom of 2d, Red Sox 1, Orioles 0: Cody Ross, who reached on a triple to straightaway center, scored with two out on Ronny Paulino's passed ball with Mike Aviles at the plate. The Orioles. ranked last in the league in fielding, commited another error in the second, giving them three for the game.
Top of 2d, Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: A 1-2-3 inning for Lester. He's thrown 30 pitches through two innings. Lester looking pretty sharp, so far.
Bottom of 1st, Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: After back-to-back fielding errors by second baseman Robert Andino (remember him?) and third baseman Mark Reynolds enabled the Sox to put two men aboard with two out, the Orioles got out of the inning when David Ortiz grounded out to short against an overshifted infield.
Top of 1st, Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: Nice inning for Jon Lester, who needed only 13 pitches (nine for strikes) to get through the top of the first after allowing one batter to reach when J.J. Hardy singled off the wall
Pregame Welcome to a damp Fenway Park where the Red Sox are set to host the Orioles.Jon Lester (1-2, 4.65 ERA) will attempt to extend his winning streak against Baltimore to 15-0 when he opposes LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-0, 2.22).
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