Game over: Orioles 7, Red Sox 6 – The Red Sox have lost the final regular season game of the season here at Camden Yards this afternoon. The Red Sox pulled John Lackey from the start and basically went with a bullpen game with Allen Webster pitching three scoreless innings while Felix Doubront, Matt Thornton, Ryan Dempster, Craig Breslow, Rubby de La Rosa all got work in.
The Doubront/Thornton outings could determine their status on the postseason roster and neither pitched well. Webster had a rough first innings, walking three, but then settled down. Jacoby Ellsbury and Quintin Berry homered. The Red Sox rallied in the ninth against Jim Johnson. David Ortiz singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Mike Napoli’s single. Mike Carp then singled to put runners at first and third and one out. But Will Middlebrooks knocked into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game and the season for the Orioles.
Johnson recorded his 50th save, the second time in as many years to accomplish the feat. The Red Sox ended the regular season with a 97-65 record while the Orioles were 85-77. The Orioles won the season series vs. Boston, 11-8. The game was played before a sellout 44,230 at Camden Yards.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 5 – With two outs. Nick Markakakis doubled to right against Koji Uehara. But Hardy grounded out to short to end the inning.
Top 8th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 5 – The Red Sox go down in order.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 5 – Danny Valencia singled to center with one out, but Clevenger knocked into a double-play. Tampa Bay has held on to beat the Twins, 7-6. Cleveland and Texas are both winning.
Top 7th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 5 – Mike Carp doubled with one out, but Middlebrooks and Lavarnway made outs to end the threat.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 5 – If this is audition day for lefties, Felix Doubront and Matt Thornton would have got the hook. Both lefties seem to be fighting for a final spot on the playoff roster and neither have put forth a good audition today. Thornton allowed a single to rookie second baseman Jonathan Schoop and a double to old second baseman (now DH) Brian Roberts. A run scored on Thornton’s wild pitch with Nick Markakis up. That was it. With JJ Hardy due up, Ryan Dempster came on to pitch. Dempster retired Hardy with a grounder to shortstop as the runner held at third. But Ryan Flaherty doubled to right field to knock in the insurance run.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 5 – McDonald reached base for the third time with a walk and Berry beat out a bunt to put two runners on. But the Sox were unable to break the tie.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 5 – Well, if John Farrell wanted to find out whether Doubront could be effective out of his bullpen for the playoffs, he might have got his answer. Doubront allowed singles to Clevenger and Schoop to start the fifth, the first Oriole hits of the game. He struck out Brian Roberts, but walked Nick Markakis. JJ Hardy drive the ball to right field for a ground rule double scoring two runs.Ryan Flaherty, hitting in Chris Davis’ spot after the wrist injury forced the slugger out of the game, allowed a bloop single to center scoring the third Orioles’ run. After Steve Pearce walked, Nate McLouth lined a two-run double to right scoring two more. That was all for Doubront who was replaced Rubby de La Rosa. Napoli saved more runs with a nice grab of Valencia’s hot shot. De La Rosa gets out of it.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0 – Mike Napoli walked and stole second base, but that’s all the Red Sox could muster.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0 – The Orioles managed a walk from Steve Pearce, but Felix Doubront in to relieve Allen Webster retired the remainder of the lineup.
Top 4th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia started things off with single to right and advanced to second base on John McDonald’s single to center. With two outs, Ellsbury hit a tapper near the left side of the mound which was fielded by catcher Steve Clevenger who threw toward first and hit Ellsbury in the ribs.Salty scored on the play, but first baseman Chris Davis had his wrist sprained when his glove side hand got jammed into Ellsbury. Davis had to come out of the game.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0 – Roberts, Markakis and Hardy go down quickly against Webster.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0 – Chris Tillman, who was going for his 17th win, finally had his quiet inning as Ortiz, Napoli and Carp went down.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0 – Webster settled down and retired the bottom third of the Orioles order.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0 – A combination you don’t see too often – a John McDonald single to center and a two-run home run by Quintin Berry doubles Boston’s lead.
Bottom 1st; Red Sox 2, Orioles 0 – A tedious inning for the nervous Allen Webster. he walked three, including the first two batters. JJ Hardy struck out, but webster finally found something including the gift of Steve Pearce who swung at the first pitch after a Walk to Chris Davis and flew out to left field. Webster finally retired Nate McLouth on a ground ball out to shortstop to get out of the inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0 – Welcome to Game 162. Jacoby Ellsbury homered midway up the rigthfield bleachers off Chris Tillman to lead off the game. With one out, David Ortiz hit a broken bat single to center and went to third on Mike Napoli’s double to the 7-8 gap. Mike Carp’s grounder to shortstop got Ortiz in from third.