Game over: Red Sox 6, Orioles 5: Aceves does it again for his 11th save,
Sox are back to .500 at 22-22 and were 5-3 on their road trip. They have won 10 of 13 and 18 of the last 30.
Back with more later.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 5: The Sox went in order. It's up to Aceves to try to close it out and end the road trip on a good note.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 5: Padilla walked Markakis before Jones doubled to left. With two in scoring position and no outs. Davis struck out swinging. Betemit then hit a all into no-man's line behind second base. What looked for sure to be a single wasn't as Lin made a great diving catch. Betemit scored but it sure could have been worse.
Aceves then came in and struck out Johnson on four fastballs. Interesting game. Hope you're enjoying the updates. It's fun doing them.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 4: Scott Podsednik homered to right off O'Day. It's a world gone mad here in Baltimore.
Seriously, Podsednik, Shoppach and Nick Johnson (2) all have home runs. What were the odds of that?
Padilla stays on the hill.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 4: Hill struck out Exposito and Avery and Padilla struck out Andino. Darren O'Day now in for the Orioles.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 4: Gonzo and Youkilis (3 for 6 since his return) singled with two outs. Middlebrooks then flied to left.
Lin ran for Youkilis and will go to right as Gonzo goes to first. Rich Hill in to pitch.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 4: Bard struck out Jones and was pulled for Andrew Miller, who struck out Davis.
Then 2011 Andrew Miller returned as Betemit walked and Johnson homered to right. Johnson has two homers in a game for the first time since 2006. Flaherty grounded out to end the inning.
First runs allowed by Miller since his return from the DL.
Bard's line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 90 pitches, 49 strikes.
Sox may need another run or two to win this one.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2: That escalated quickly. Daniel Nava homered with two outs, a line drive to right. Then Podesdnik singled (Scott Podsednik and Nick Johnson have hits in the same game. Is this 2006?) Arrieta was replaced by Luis Ayala and Kelly Shoppach homered to left. That's his second.
So let's review. Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach have RBIs in support of starting pitcher Daniel Bard, who has one strikeout in five innings. Just how the Sox drew it up in spring training.
Bard back out there for the sixth.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2: Bard allowed a leadoff double by Xavier Avery. He then struck out Andino. Yes, Daniel Bard struck somebody out. Whoa, 2011 flashbacks. Then Markakis lined to short and Avery was doubled off. That's twice in a row that has happened to Markakis.
This game is there for the talking for the Sox. Score some runs now and let Miller, Padilla, Hill and Aceves handle it from there.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2: Red Sox went in order on three grounders.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2: Bard walked two but didn't give up any runs. In his last five starts — over 27.1 innings — Bard has walked 19 and struck out seven. He has four walks and no K'd today. It's hard to believe.
Meanwhile, the inning with a fly ball down the line in right. Gonzalez made a nice backhanded catch about a foot away from the wall. He is playing right field as well if not better than a lot of guys who actually play right field.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2: Nava singled but that was it for the Sox.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2: Andino walked. But when Markakis lined to short, he was doubled off by Aviles. Jones then singled to right, Gonzalez not quick enough to come in and make the play. Jones was then thrown out stealing,
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2: Pedroia singled. Ortiz and Gonzalez then grounded to second with the second baseman standing in shallow right field. That's the best "shift" of them all. Because they can't run, just let the second baseman lay back and create angles for balls hit hard on the ground. Makes it an easy play.
Gonzo is 5 for 29 on the trip. Yeesh.
Youkilis walked with two outs before Middlebrooks doubled to left. Pedroia scored. Youkilis didn't pick up Jerry Royster, who was waving him in, and stopped at third. When he started running again he was a dead duck at the plate. He'd have scored had he been running hard.
Top of the 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Where have you gone, Daniel Bard?
The one-time ferocious reliever threw a 91-mph "fastball" to the Ghost of Nick Johnson and he hit into the stands in right field. Bard losing his velocity and throwing meatballs to reclamation projects can't be what the Red Sox had in mind.
They've Joba Chamberlained him. Bard then walked Flaherty, a .152 hitter. But he escaped further damage. He's at 42 pitches.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 1: Youkilis singled to left and went to third on a single to right my Middlebrooks. As he ran down the line, Middlebrooks yelled out, "I'm coming for you, old man." OK, he really didn't do that.
Anyway, on-base machine Daniel Nava walked to load the bases with one out. Scott Podsednik swung at the next pitch and grounded into a double play. Youkilis scored.
Shoppach walked to keep the inning going before Aviles grounded out. Arrieta is at 44 pitches.
Top of the 2nd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0: Avery reached on an infield single, the ball dribbling up the first-base line. Bard tried to shovel it to first but he had no chance. Andino then grounded a single up the middle. It was one of the few plays this season that Jose Iglesias would have made that Mike Aviles didn't. Nick Markakis then flied to left. The runners tagged and Avery beat the throw from Nava on a close play.
Bard got ahead of Davis 0-and-2 left the third pitch, a slider, over the plate. Why not throw something in the dirt and get him to chase? Davis hit a fly ball to center, kind of shallow. Podsednik made an accurate throw to the plate but Avery scored. Betemit then lined to right and Adrian Gonzalez handled it.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: Aviles reached on an infield single. He broke his bat grounding into the hole in short and the throw was high. Pedroia then popped to right, Ortiz struck out and Gonzalez grounded into the shift on the right side.
Out comes Bard. What's the over/under on his strikeouts today? I'd say 4.5.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from hazy, hot and humid Camden Yards as the Red Sox finish their road trip with a game against the Orioles.
It'll Daniel Bard against Jake Arrieta as the Red Sox try to get to .500 again before getting a day off.
Stick around for updates all game and we'll try to distract you from work. Let's be honest, it's either this or TMZ.