Game over Alfredo Aceves picked up his 24th save with a perfect 9th. He struck out Chris Davis, Mark Reynolds and Matt Wieters in a strong performance. The game was played in 3:22. Sox now off to New York. Buchholz won his 11th game going 8 innings.
Top 9th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 3 Leadoff double by Adrian Gonzalez leads to nothing against Orioles closer Jim Johnson. Gonzalez went the other way and hit deep down the left field line. But Johnson struck out Ross and Salty and got Punto to line to right.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 3 Buchholz got through the 8th inning after allowing a one-out double to McLouth.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 3 Sox just trying to run out the clock on this game. They would love to score another run or two, but may have to settle for a three-run lead.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 3 Buchholz gave up a one-out walk, but it didn’t hurt him. He’s pitched through seven with a three-run lead. It’ll be interesting to see how much longer Buchholz goes. He pitched a complete game 3-2 win August 10 vs the Indians in which he threw 104 pitches. Buchholz had thrown more than 100 pitches, but no more than 108 pitches in his last five outings.
Top 7th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 3 Salty singled but the Sox failed to add to their lead.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 3 Buchholz struck out the side in a strong statement after the Red Sox had taken the lead in the top of the inning.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 3 Huge rally by the Red Sox was punctuated by a two-out, two-run singled by Gonzalez who was thrown out between second and third as the third Sox run scored. With one out, No. 9 hitter Podsednik doubled to left field. After Ellsbury walked, Crawford grounded into a force at second base. He stole second base and Podsednik scored on Pedroia infield hit to third. Gonzalez then knocked in a run before Ross produced the third run as Gonzalez was eliminated on the basepaths.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 3 Buchholaz walked JJ Hardy with one out, but escaped without any harm to preserve the tie.
Top 5th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 3 The Sox tied things up when Dustin Pedroia doubled in Carl Crawford (single). Pedroia advanced to third on a wild pitch by Tillman. And Pedroia scored on Gonzalez’ sac fly to center on a close play at the plate which Pedroia barely beat out.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 3,Red Sox 1 The red-hot Mark Reynolds singled to center, but Machado knocked into a double play to end the inning.
Top 4th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 1 Sox put two on but again came up short. Cody Ross doubled and with two outs, Pedro Ciriaco walked. But Podsednik struck out to end the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 3, Red Sox 1 Clay Buchholz hit Adam Jones with a pitch, but Buchholz got Matt Wieters to knock into a 4-6-3 double-play.
Top 3rd: Orioles 3, Red Sox 1 The Red Sox hit three fairly deep fly balls for outs from Crawford, Pedroia and Gonzalez.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 3, Red Sox 1 Mark Reynolds has sick power. He clobbered his 12th homer on the first pitch from Clay Buchholz. The Sox turned a nifty 2-5-3 double-play following a Manny Machado double and then Cody Ross threw out a runner at the plate all to keep this game close.
Top 2nd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1 The Red Sox put together a two-out rally when Nick Punto walked, Pedro Ciriaco beat out an infield single to short and Scott Podsednik drove in a run with a single to center. Jacoby Ellsbury, DHing last night, sent a long drive to right, but it was caught at the wall by Nick Markakis.
Bottom 1st: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 The Orioles got to Clay Buchholz quickly when Nick Markakis and JJ Hardy each singled, and after Nate McClouth’s ground ball advanced the runners, Adam Jones singled them in with a perfectly placed hard-hit ball down the first base line and into rightfield.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 A double to right field by Carl Crawford was wasted as Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez (strikeout) left a big run stranded on second against Chris Tillman.