Game over: Red Sox 12, Orioles 3: The Red Sox continued their trek to the best record with a huge win over the Orioles tonight. David Ortiz hit his 30th home run, a three-run blast. The Red Sox scored five run in the first inning against Scott Feldman and never looked back. Clay Buchholz improved to 12-1 with seven strong innings, allowing two home runs. The game was played before 30,700 at Camden Yards.
Top 9th: Red Sox 12, Orioles 3 – Jonny Gomes lined a home run to left to extend Boston’s lead. It was his 13th homer.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 11, Orioles 3 – Orioles get nothing in the 8th.
Top 8th: Red Sox 11, Orioles 3 – Two walks with two outs by Bradley and Pedroia, paved the way for David Ortiz’ three-run bomb, his 30th. Ortiz now has seven 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons in his career.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 3 – Buchholz’s last inning goes 1-2-3.
Top 7th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 3 – Mike Napoli walked, but the Red Sox could not take advantage.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 3 – Chris Davis hit his 53rd home run on a changeup by Clay Buchholz, the second homer off Buchholz in this game which is as many homers as he’d allowed this season. Davis, with 138 RBI, leads Miguel Cabrera by one in that department. Davis also broke the record for most homers in Baltimore’s home park with 28. Frank Robinson hit 27 in 1966 at Memorial Stadium.
Top 6th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 2 – Not much doing for Sox as David Ortiz, still searching for No. 30, grounded into a double play.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 2 – A single by Ryan Flaherty results in a 6-4-3 double play by Nick Markakis, who has never fully recovered from a groin injury.
Top 5th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 2 – A Jonny Gomes leadoff single is all the Red Sox could muster against Orioles lefty Zach Britton.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 2 – A one-out single by Hardy, but Buchholz got out of the rest of it.
Top 4th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 2 – Boston got a leadoff single by Pedroia, but the next three batters ran into outs. Orioles starter Feldman allowed eight hits and eight runs in 2-1/3 innings.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 8, Orioles 2 – Buchholz has been throwing his fastball mostly at 90 mph tonight. Adam Jones just hit one of those out of the park in straight away center field with Brian Roberts (single right) aboard.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0 – What a beating. Nava and Gomes singled and Saltalamacchia hit a long drive for a double. Umpires called it a home run but upon further review it went back to a ground-rule double, scoring one run.
With runners at second and third, Stephen Drew sent a ground ball up the middle scoring two more. Drew was caught in a rundown and called out. Will Middlebrooks continued the barrage with a single to left field. But the Sox were finally retired on Jacoby Ellsbury’s ground ball out to first base. Ellsbury is 0 for 3.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0 – Buchholz retired Hardy, McLouth and Schoop in the second inning., Schoop could be Roberts’ heir apparent when Roberts’ contract expires in a few days.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0 – The Red Sox are retired by Feldman, who settled down after a chaotic first inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0 – The Orioles tried to mount their own first-inning rally vs. Clay Buchholz but came up short. Brian Roberts, who may not be back with the Orioles after this weekend, singled to right. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones flew out and Chris Davis singled. But Matt Wieters flew out to center,
Top 1st: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0 – The Red Sox sent nine men to the plate and five scored. Mike Napoli’s double to deep right scored Dustin Pedroia (single). David Ortiz singled ahead of Napoli. Daniel Nava followed with a three-run homer to right field, his 12th. After Jonny Gomes walked and Jarrod Saltalamacchia popped out, Stephen Drew tripled to right scoring Gomes. All of the runs came against veteran righty Scott Feldman.