The Sox salvage one of the three games here at Camden Yards and now return home for an 11-day, 11-game homestand, their longest of the season, with an 11-13 record. The Sox went 6-3 on this road trip which started In Oakland. It took them to Los Angeles where they won four straight games. Jon Lester improved to 3-1 with a nice 8-inning performance. The Sox offense was also more efficient with 13 hits as Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits for the second straight game and knocked in two runs, while Adrian Gonzalez also stroked three hits and had two RBI. Dustin Pedroia had a key RBI in breaking a 2-2 deadlock and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also drove in a run.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 2
The Red Sox tacked on an insurance run. Once again they loaded the bases as a result of two walks (Youkilis and Cameron, who pinch-hit for Drew) and a single by Ortiz. Saltalamacchia, hitting righthanded, singled up the middle scoring the fourth run. Jacoby Ellsbury then put together his second consecutive three-hit night with a bases loaded single up the middle scoring a pair of runs.Ellsbury is 6-for-10 the last two games. Its the third time he’s had back-to-back three-hit games. Youkilis is out and Jed Lowrie has come on to play third.
Top 7th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
Bergeson has been lifted at the start of the inning. He pitched very well though the Sox let him off the hook. Bergeson’s line: 6 IP, 6 hits,2 runs, 2 walks, 5 K’s. Jim Johnson came on. He was greeted with a double from yes, drum roll, Carl Crawford. Scutaro’s sac bunt attempt failed to advance the runner and he was thrown our at first by catcher Matt Wieters. Ellsbury grounded out and Pedroia, down 0-2 on the count, dribbled one to third base where Mark Reynolds couldn’t make the one-handed grab and throw scoring Crawford with the go-ahead run.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
This is where squandering chances hurts the Red Sox. Jon Lester must feel he has to be perfect. He wasn’t when he left a fastball to Vladimir Guerrero too much over the plate. The veteran DH lined it over the leftcenter field wall to tie it up.
Top 6th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1
While Crawford’s struggles continue, Boston’s other wealthy acquisition, Adrian Gonzalez, is really cranking. He has three hits, two of them doubles, and has knocked in both Sox runs. Gonzalez doubled sending Pedroia (swinging bunt) to third, but what was set up as a potentially huge inning for the Red Sox fizzled quickly as Bergeson bore down to strike out both Youkilis and Ortiz. After Drew was walked intentionally to load the bases, Saltalamacchia gave it one long ride, but it was tracked down near the wall in center by Adam Jones.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1
Carl Crawford’s struggles continue – 0 for 2 – though he sent a deep drive to center that was caught. Note courtesy of Sox PR woman Pam Ganley: Lester’s second strikeout was his 744th passing Lefty Grove (743) for third on Sox all-time list for a lefthander.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1
Gonzalez drove in his second run with a single to rightcenter scoring Ellsbury who singled with one out for his second single. Pedroia advanced Ellsbury to second and then rode home on Gonzalez’ hit.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Orioles 1
The Orioles loaded up with 8 righthanded hitters and came and wanted to be more aggressive on the basepaths and they accomplished both. Derrek Lee knocked in Baltimore’s first run after Lester walked leadoff man Brian Roberts and allowed a single to Nick Markakis. Roberts then stole third giving way to Lee. Lester rebounded by striking out Matt Wieters and then induced a double-play grounder by Adam Jones.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
We’re underway here at Camden Yards on a beautiful night for baseball. Adrian Gonzalez doubled in Jacoby Ellsbury with Boston’s first run. Ellsbury led off the inning against Orioles’ righthander Brad Bergeson with a double to leftcenter. Ellsbury had three hits last night. After Dustin Pedroia struck out, Gonzalez showed that pretty inside-out swing as he stroked a double to the leftcenter gap. Bergeson, 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA, then walked Kevin Youkilis setting the stage for David Ortiz with two on and one out but the big man knocked into a doubleplay.