Game over: Red Sox 8, Orioles 6: Alfredo Aceves earned his 10th save with a 1-2-3 inning. The real story was Vicente Padilla who got two critical outs with runners in scoring position in the 8th. There were only 16,392 on hand at Camden Yards. The game was played in 3:16 as the Red Sox moved to .500 at 21-21.
Top 9th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 6: Troy Patton strikes out Adrian Gonzalez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in a 1-2-3 innings.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 6: Rich Hill eight-appearance hitless streak came to an end when Nick Markakis singled to left field. Adam Jones followed witha single right field and Hill found himself in the biggest jam he's been in in some time. Valentine allowed Hill to stay on to pitch to the switch-hitting Matt Wieters righthanded. Wieters battled Hill on 1-2 and finally won the battle with a single to left field, scoring the sixth Orioles run. Chris Davis tapped back to Hill, who made the play at first base while the runners advanced.
With one out, Valentine took Hill out and brought in Vicente Padilla to face the switch-hitting Wilson Betemit. Betemit flied to shallow left and the runner had to hold. Padilla then reared back and struck out Nick Johnson, with a high fastball. Johnson is now 0-for-8 with three strikeouts vs. Padilla who leads the majors with 15 inherited runners and none have scored.
Top 8th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 5: Che-Hsuan (Freddy) Lin roped his first major league hit with two outs, a sharp single to left. The Sox dugout applauded as the ball was retrieved as a keepsake for the Taiwan native. It was a proud moment for the kid. Mike Aviles struck out, but lefty Troy Patton uncorked a wild pitch which advanced Lin and Aviles reached safely on the strikeout. Pedroia singled to left on a hard hit bal, but Lin, who runs very well, came around to score a much-needed insurance run.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 5: Miller continues to be terrific, retiring the Orioles in order.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 5: By the way, here's Buchholz's very unimpressive line: 5.1 innings, 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts. Now back to the action. Che-Hsuan Lin tried to bunt his way on, but no dice. He eventually struck out. Mike Aviles dumped a single into left field and Pedroia doubled to right. The O's walked Big Papi intentionally and with the bases full, Adrian Gonzalez knocked in the go-ahead run with a sac fly to left field off reliever Kevin Gregg. Middlebrooks stroked his third hit with a lined single up the middle, scoring Pedroia with the second run of the inning. Salty K'd to end it.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 5: Hi gang, Nick Cafardo taking over while Pete does his newspaper work. The ugly Buchholz outing continued. Matt Wieters walked with one out. Chris Davis (please don't let him pitch), who homered earlier, singled to right. OK, Bobby V, I think we've seen enough of Bucky, eh? Yup, here he comes. Bobby agreed with me. Andrew Miller is on.
The Big Man, and happy birthday to him by the way, got Betemit to tap out to Gonzalez at first. The runners advanced to second and third with two outs.Nick Johnson then flew out to center to end the threat. Another good job by Miller, who has now retired 20 of the 24 batters he's faced.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 5: No quit in these Red Sox. Ortiz hit a rocket that landed on Eutaw Street, way out the park. No. 10 for Papi.
Gonzo then doubled before Middlebrooks reached on an infield hit. Salty grounded out to first, moving the runners up. Nava drove in a run with a sac fly before Middlebrooks scored on a balk.
Hey, the Red Sox benefited from a balk for a change.
Brand new ballgame. Can Buchholz hang in there?
Top of the 6th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 2: Bucholz retired the Orioles in order.
Middle of the 5th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 2: 1-2-3 inning for Hunter, who pitches better with a lead than Buchholz did. Amazing how a lack of walks helps a pitcher.
Top of the 5th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 2: Davis homered for the O's as Buchholz continued to look like a ghost of the pitcher the Red Sox once thought was on the verge of stardom
Middle of the 4th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 2: The Sox had three singles and did not score run. Middlebrooks, who singled with one out, was thrown out stealing on what had to be a missed hit-and-run. Salty and Nava then singled before Byrd grounded back to the mound.
Top of the 4th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 2: Terrible inning for Buchholz, who threw 31 pitches.
Betemit singled before Johnson walked and Andino singled with a bunt to load the bases. Avery walked on a nine-pitch at-bat to force in a run. Buchholz thought he had him struck out twice including on the final pitch, a high curveball that appeared to be strike.
Hardy then singled in a run, hitting a ball up the middle that Aviles wanted to flip to second but tried to go to first with and was too late. Markakis walked to force in another. Jones grounded into a double play as Avery scored. Then Wieters grounded out to finally end the inning.
With a 2-0 lead, it's inexcusable to walk three batters in an inning.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0: Nava singled and took third on a ground-rule double to the gap in right by Byrd. Lin grounded to third in his first MLB at-bat, failing to advance the runners. But Aviles whistled an RBI single over the head of Hunter. Pedroia then flied to right, just deep enough to score Byrd, who beat a good throw from Markakis.
Ortiz struck out to end the inning but the Sox have given Buchholz a lead to work with.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: Three groundouts for Buchholz. He has thrown 20 pitches and Hunter 18. Both pitchers are perfect so far.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0 Orioles 0: Nine up and nine down so far between the two teams. Gonzalez actually tried to bunt against the shift but it was too close to the pitcher and he was easily thrown out. Ortiz needs to give him tips.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: Easy 1-2-3 inning for Buchholz.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: The Red Sox went in order against Hunter. Kind of a sparse crowd here.
Pre-game: Good evening from Camden Yards. There are some dark clouds overhead but the game will start on time. Clay Buchholz will be facing Tommy Hunter of the Orioles.