Game over, Red Sox 7, Orioles 3 - The Red Sox kept pace with the Tampa Bay Rays by knocking off the Orioles tonight. They hit three homers, two by Stephen Drew, who knocked in five runs. Very good outing by Ryan Dempster who was yanked early with one out in the sixth, but he definitely quieted the Orioles' offensive swagger. The game started with a 27-minute rain delay. It was played in 3:21 before a sellout crowd of 44,765 at Camden Yards.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 3 - The Orioles scored off Junichi Tazawa. A one-out single by Adam Jones followed by a walk to Chris Davis allowed Hardy's infield hit to score the third Oriole run. But that was all.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 0 - Mike Carp stroked his third hit - a double to right - but nothing came of it.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 2 - McLouth was hit with a pitch, but the Orioles couldn't muster much against Breslow.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 2 - A terrible display of anger by David Ortiz, who went a little crazy after he destroyed the cover of the phone casing in the dugout with his bat. Ortiz was upset that home plate umpire Tim Timmons called a strike on a high pitch on 3-0, on which Ortiz had thrown the bat and was heading toward first. Ortiz eventually struck out and went after Timmons, informing him that the pitch he called was up around his helmet. Ortiz bickered with Timmons and then went to the dugout where he destroyed the telephone case and almost hit Dustin Pedroia with the bat on the backswing as Pedroia was sitting in the dugout right behind his temper tantrum. Pedroia then tried to to settle Ortiz down and seemed angry at Ortiz' rant. Ortiz came back out and started going after Timmons and had to be restrained after Timmons threw him out of the game. Earlier in the inning, Shane Victorino homered on the first pitch by Jairo Asencio. Victorino's fifth homer of the season and third of the game for the Red Sox.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 2 - The Orioles chipped away with another run. A pair of singles by Markakis and Davis with one out brought Farrell out to take Dempster out. Dempster wasn't happy about the early hook, especially with 84 pitches. Craig Breslow came on and got the final two outs. The run scored on a fielder's choice.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 1 - Stephen Drew is having a night. He stroked a two-run homer off lefty Troy Patton, his second. He has five RBI. The ball was originally called a non-homer and Drew stopped at third but umpires reviewed and saw the ball hit atop the roof of the grounds crew office in right which was a homer.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 1 - Great job by Dempster limiting damage here. He allowed three straight singles to Hardy, Urrutia and Roberts singled to produce the run. But Dempster struck out McLouth and got Machado to knock into a 6-4-3 double-play.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0 - A two-out walk by David Ortiz was all the Sox could muster. JJ Hardy made a nice diving grab of Mike Napoli's liner to end the inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0 - Great catch by Victorino against the right field wall to rob Adam Jones. Dempster gets next two outs.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0 - Big two-out rally by Sox capped off by a three-run homer by Stephen Drew on a 1-0 pitch. Just what the doctor ordered for the Red Sox. With two outs, Feldman allowed back-to-back singles to Carp and Saltalamacchia before Drew, who had singled in the third, came through with his sixth homer. Iglesias beat out an infield hit to third to continue things but Ellsbury lined out to first base.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 - With two outs, Nate McLouth singled to right, the Orioles' first hit. Manny Machado drew a walk, but Dempster got Markakis to fly out to center.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 - Stephen Drew stroked a line drive single to right and thought better of testing Markakis arm in right to extend to a double. Jose Iglesias grounded out to first sending Drew to second. Ellsbury singled sending Drew to third. On the swing, Ellsbury hit the catcher's glove and the Red Sox had the choice between taking the interference or taking the hit (Rule 3.08) and took the hit which sent Drew to third. Victorino's ground ball out got the run in.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - The Orioles went down in order vs. Dempster.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - David Ortiz led off with a walk, but the Sox offense was unable to capitalize as the next three batters went down vs. Feldman.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - Ryan Dempster needs to keep the ball down against this lineup. Dempster has allowed 20 homers and has won only once in his last seven starts. Got out of the first with a walk to Nick Markakis.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - Scott Feldman, the pitcher Dan Duquette obtained from the Chicago Cubs, started tonight's game which was delayed 27 minutes at the start due to rain. He threw three ground ball outs.