Game over: The Red Sox are out of first place for the first time since May 27th. The loss coupled with a Tampa Bay win over the Yankees put the Red Sox a half-game back. John Lackey allowed three homers, the Sox allowed four in all as Chris Tillman shut out the Red Sox for seven innings and the Orioles bullpen did the rest. The game was played in 2:35 before 39.063 at Camden Yards.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0 – Manny Machado smacks the third homer vs. Lackey on the night, a liner to left field that got out in a hurry. Lackey leaves after the homer and gives way to Drake Britton, who retires Markakis and Jones to get out of the inning..
Top 7th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0 – Tillman continues to deal, a 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0 – with two outs, John LAckey was charged with a throwing error on Urrutia’s grounder an d threw it away. John Farrell came out and argued that Urrutia was out of the baseline, but umpire Laz Diaz wasn’t having it even though it was a legitimate beef. Lackey could have avoided it with a good throw. No harm, no foul though as Lackey got out of the inning.
Top 6th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0 – Tillman has has had an exceptional fastball with late life. He retired the heart of the Boston order and struck out David Ortiz with a 95 mph fastball that he couldn’t reach and then struck out Mike Napoli as well.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0 – Adam Jones with his second opposite field homer of the night, extends Baltimore’s lead.
Top 5th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 – With two outs, Jacoby Ellsbury’ grounder down the first base line hit the bag and bounded into short left. Ellsbury stopped at second base with a double. Tillman went 3-2 to Shane Victorino before retiring him with a fly ball to center.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 – One of those regrettable innings for the Orioles who had an excellent chance to build on their lead but didn’t. Lackey walked Hardy and stumbled and fell off the mound prior to that sending the trainer out. Lackey said he was OK. He allowed singles to Henry Urrutia before Brian Roberts singled to right. Victorino field the ball and came up firing and nailed Hardy at the plate. McLouth flew out to end the threat.
Top 4th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 – The Red Sox broke Chris Tillman’s momentum a tad when Daniel Nava walked with two outs, forcing Tillman into the stretch. But the disruption was minimal as he battled Saltalamacchia to 3-2 before the big catcher struck out.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 – Nate McLouth launched a long drive to the rightcenter gap. Shane Victorino ran hard for it from right and Jacoby Ellsbury from center. Ellsbury seemed to get there but he reached for it with his glove and couldn’t grasp it. McLouth reached with a triple. Machado, up next, ran the count to 3-0 but got the green light and swung and missed. At 3-2, Machado sent a single up the middle for a basehit, scoring the McLouth. Nick Markakis grounded to first base where Mike Napoli stepped on the bag, but his throw to second to knock off the lead was a little high and runner was safe. Adam Jones grounded out to shortstop and Chris Davis flew out to center stranding the runner at second base.
Top 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 – The top of the Red Sox order can’t do anything vs. Tillman.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 – Lackey rebounds from the shaky first with a 1-2-3 ininng
Top 2nd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew lined to left and Jose Iglesias to right in a 1-2-3 inning for Tillman..
Bottom 1st: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 – It started so well for John Lackey. He struck out lead-off man Nate McLouth and got Manny Machado to pop out to second baseman Dustin Pedroia. But Nick Markakis laced a single to left and he scored on Adam Jones’ homer to right field, his 21st of the season. Chris Davis, who has not hit a home run since the All-Star break and is stuck at 37, singled to right to continue the inning. Matt Wieters flew out to deep left to end the threat.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 – Greetings from Camden Yards. Can’t remember when it was this cool in July here. It’s usually smoking hot, but a great summer night here. The Red Sox loaded the bases off 12-game winner and All-Star Chris Tillman, but couldn’t score. With two outs, Dustin Pedroia singled, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli walked and Daniel Nava struck out on an 0-2 pitch.