Game over The Orioles won their 90th game with a six-run outburst against Aaron Cook in the first inning and a great pitching performance by Chris Tillman, who allowed one hit and one run over eight innings. The game was played in 2:23 before 33,518 at Camden Yards. The Orioles went over the 2 million mark in attendance. The magic number to the postseason for the O’s – 3.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 9, Red Sox 1 Daniel Bard got some work. He walked Teagarden on four pitches after one out, but retired the next two batters.
Top 8th: Orioles 9, Red Sox 1 Fourteen straight batters retired by Tillman who allowd one bunt single and one run.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 9, Red Sox 1 After a Thome single (his third hit) vs. Beato, Reynolds knocks into a double-play.
Top 7th: Orioles 9, Red Sox 1 Tillman never let up with a big lead. The Red Sox haven’t had much of a chance all night against him. Three up and three down again. The Sox have mustered one hit – a leadoff bunt single by Podsednik in the first inning.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 9, Red Sox 1 Orioles give their offense a rest.
Top 6th: Orioles 9, Red Sox 1 Tillman really pitching well as he retired the Sox in order.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 9, Red Sox 1 Aceves allowed four straight hits, three of them doubles in the fifth to produce three O’s runs. Mark Reynolds, Manny Machado and Ryan Flaherty all doubled to produce two runs and Taylor Teagarden singled in the third run of the inning. Aceves was replaced by Valentine and handed him the ball and patted Valentine on the shoulder. Former Oriole Pedro Beato replaced him.
Top 5th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Tillman struck out Salty and Nava in a 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Aceves strong again. He retired the first two batters – Taylor Teagarden with a strikeout and McLouth with a tap back to Aceves. Hardy reached on a nubber down the third base line, but Chris Davis struck out.
Top 4th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Dustin Pedroia got to second on a stolen base, but Loney flew out to left to end the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Alfredo Aceves allowed a leadoff single (and error by Scott Podsednik) to center to Jim Thome, who looks 10 years younger. But the O’s failed to muster anything else. Acveves had his good stuff going as he retired the next three batters. Aceves has a chance to show why he should be a starting pitcher in the future as he’s going to be allowed to go deep into the game. The Orioles are one team which have always been interested in Aceves.
Top 3rd: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Daniel Nava led off with a walk, but he was erased on Podsednik’s double-play grounder.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Aaron Cook’s awful outing ended after he put the first two Orioles on in the inning. Alfredo Acves came on and threw a double-play grounder to Chris Davis and then got Adam Jones to ground out on a nice play on a hard-hit ball that nearly took Pedro Ciriaco’s head off at third.
Top 2nd: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Tillman retired the Red sox in order as James Loney popped out to third, DH Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out and catcher Ryan Lavarnway grounded out to third base.
Bottom 1st: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Aaron Cook didn’t get the memo about being a spoiler. Maybe he didn’t get the memo about being the starting ptcher. He allowed a leadoff single to Nate McLouth and then after one out, Chris Davis hit his 29th homer, a smash on a 1-1 pitch to rightfield. Cook really struggled here. After Adam Jones grounded out for the second out, the O’s loaded the bases on singles by Jim Thome and Manny Machado, and a walk to Mark Reynolds. Cook then allowed a grand slam to Ryan Flaherty, his sixth on a 2-1 pitch to right field.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 This is a pride series for the Red Sox. The O’s knocked them out last season and the Sox would like to make baseball’s Cinderella team squirm. The Sox got a run when Scott Podsednik beat out an infield hit and advanced to second on an error. After he was advanced to third on a Pedro Ciriaco grounder, Dustin Pedroia’s sac fly drove him in.