Game over: Red Sox 5, Orioles 4: The Red Sox ended their two-game skid against the Orioles with a win today before 42,422 at Camden Yards.
The Red Sox overcame a 2-0 deficit after one inning and John Lackey settled down to pitch seven full innings to get the win. Mike Carp hit a two-run homer and Stephen Drew drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning. Jonny Gomes also homered and had two hits. Andrew Bailey allowed a two-run homer to Matt Wieters and then a single to J.J. Hardy to make this a nail-biter, but he Orioles helped him out.
Ryan Flaherty knocked into a game-ending double play on a liner to right field which pinch-runner Alexei Casilla thought had dropped in for a base hit. Casilla kept running and the Sox doubled him off first base end the game.
Top 9th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Jose Iglesias walked with two outs and was caught stealing.
Bottom 8th:Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Koji Uehara mows down the Orioles. It reminds us that the Orioles sent Uehara to Texas on July 30, 2011 for Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis. Pretty good deal.
Top 8th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Ortiz, Carp and Gomes go down in order.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - A Hardy basehit is erased by a line to first double-play by Flaherty.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Victorino with a two-out hit, stolen base, but stranded
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Lackey still effective as Orioles go down in order.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Jonny Gomes belted a long homer to centerfield off Garcia, who exited after the blast.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 2 - Missed opportunity for the Orioles. Taylor Teagarden reached on an infield single to third base on a hard-hit ball thatate up Jose Iglesias. Then the unthinkable - Dustin Pedroia made an error. His first. The ball, hit by Nate McLouth, went right through his legs. But things improved for the Sox. Jarrod Saltalamacchia made a terrific throw to catch McLouth stealing. Machado then tapped back to Lackey for the second out. And Markakis flew out to left for the final out.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 2 - Red Sox play small ball to manufacture a run. Ellsbury singled to right, stole second base and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Victorino. He scored on a ground out by Pedroia.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2 - Lackey allows a two-out walk to JJ hardy, but gets the weak-hitting Flaherty to ground out.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2 - It was just a matter of time before the Red Sox made something happen against Garcia. Pedroia singled after distracting Garcia by asking for a scuffed ball be thrown out of play. This seemed to irritate Garcia and even brought Buck Showalter out to have a word with umpire Jeff Nelson. Pedroia stole second on Ortiz' strike out and rode home on Mike Carp's linedrive homer to right, his 8th this season. Gomes single and Stephen Drew doubked to right scoring Gomes.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Manny Machado singled to right, but he was caught stealing. Lackey retired the side after that.
Top 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a infield single to short that he hustled to beat out. Jacoby Ellsbury hit into a double-play. Victorino struck out to end the inning. Garcia is tricking the Red Sox with his offspeed stuff.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Lackey rebounds with strikeouts vs. No. 8 and No. 9 hitters Ryan Flhaerty and Taylor Teagarden and a ground ball out to first by McLouth.
Top 2nd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - The Red Sox offense missed a golden opportunity to score some runs. David Ortiz tripled to center to leadoff the second inning. After Mike carp walked, the Red Sox messed this up big time. Jonny Gomes fouled out to first base. Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out. Stephen Drew popped out to shortstop after workign the count to 3-2. Awful.
Bottom 1st: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Not a great start for John Lackey, who was roughed up for 10 hits and four runs in 5-1/3 innings in his last start vs. Tampa Bay. Nate McLouth led off with a single off Lackey's right foot. He came home on Manny Machado's double to left. McLouth was running on the pitch. Nick Markakis singled to right to put runners at the corners. Adam Jones reached on an infield single to shortstop, scoring the second Orioles run. Lackey retired Chris Davis for the first out, but the runners advanced to second and third. Lackey got a big out when DH Matt Wieters popped out to shortstop, JJ Hardy then flew out to right. The Orioles stranded runners at second and third.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - Orioles starter Freddy Garcia retires the Red Sox in order in the first.