FINAL: Red Sox 7, Orioles 5

Papelbon goes 1 1/3 to close it out (End of game, 10:54, 7-5 Sox)
He gave up singles to Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters and that ultimately turned into a run after a Luke Scott sac fly, but Jonathan Papelbon got a fly ball out of Ty Wigginton to finish it off, going 1 1/3 for his 35th save. The Sox up their record to 81-58. But the Rangers didn’t give up any ground, pounding the Indians again 10-0. Meanwhile, the Yankees beat the Rays 4-2.

Izturis’ bases-loaded web gem keeps game at 7-4 (End 8, 10:37, 7-4 Sox)
With the bases loaded and one-out, Cesar Izturis lunged to grab Dusty Brown’s liner, then turned and doubled-up Nick Green at second, killing what looked like the Sox’ attempt to pile on some late-game insurance.


Bard wavers for two-thirds, Papelbon comes on to finish up the frame (Mid 8, 10:23, 7-4 Sox)
Coming on for Billy Wagner in the eighth, Daniel Bard had an up-and-down inning, giving up a leadoff single to Ty Wigginton, striking out Cesar Izturis, walking Brian Roberts, then fanning Felix Pie. After the last strikeout, Sox manager Terry Francona called for Jonathan Papelbon, who got Nolan Reimold to ground out to short to end the inning.

Martinez’s three-run double breaks tie, boosts Sox (End 7, 7-4)
It was supposed to be an extra day off — part of a long break with tomorrow’s off day — but Victor Martinez came in to hit for George Kottaras and belted the first pitch he saw deep to left-center field of the Granite City sign close to the base of the Wall, scoring Kevin Youkilis, Jason Bay and Mike Lowell and giving the Sox a 7-4 lead. For Martinez, the double extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Wagner tosses clean inning (Mid 7, 9:43, 4-4)
Billy Wagner looked sharp in a 1-2-3 inning, getting a ground ball out from Melvin Mora then fanning Matt Wieters on a fastball and Luke Scott on a 95-mph fastball.

Pedroia, Sox bounce back … (End 6, 9:32, 4-4)
… literally. With Joey Gathright on third running for Jason Varitek (who singled to lead off the inning), Dustin Pedroia shot a 2-2 pitch right back at Os reliever Matt Albers, pinging it off his leg and at the same time driving in Gathright to tie the game.


*Dice-K strikes out 7 for Salem*
Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 89 pitches in 6 2/3 innings for the Class A Salem Red Sox tonight against Winston-Salem, giving up one earned run and a walk while striking out seven. The game is still in progress, and Salem is up, 5-1.

Delcarmen walks in tying run, Pie singles in go-ahead for the Os (Mid 6, 9:14, 4-3 Os)

A couple of odd plays gave the Os some life. First, with Matt Wieters already on first with a single, Manny Delcarmen tried to come off the mound and chase down a Ty Wigginton grounder, but he essentially ran past it, letting the ball get under his glove. Then, in the next at-bat, Cesar Izturis bounced a ground ball to the right side of the infield where third baseman Mike Lowell shortstop Alex Gonzalez and Wieters all intersected. Gonzalez came up with the ball, and the best play he figured he could make was trying to run down Weiters who already had a couple steps on him and made it easily to third. With the bases loaded, Delcarmen then walked in the tying run, letting Brian Roberts pass on four pitches. Felix Pie then roped a single to center, plating Wigginton and giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead. Before the inning was up, the Sox had Billy Wagner warming up in the bullpen. Delcarmen *Ramon Ramirez* would get out of the inning by striking out Nolan Reimold and Nick Markakis.

Reimold’s arm cuts down Youkilis at the plate (End 5, 8:52, 3-2 Sox)
With a 2-2 count, David Ortiz on first and Kevin Youkilis on second, Mike Lowell shot a liner to left for a single, and third base coach DeMarlo Hale waved frantically for Youkilis to come around and try to score. Nolan Reimold fired it to the plate — no hops — to gun Youkilis down, making sure the one-run margin stayed where it as.


Os cash in on Roberts’ 50th double and 28th steal (Mid 5, 8:37, 3-2 Sox)
Right after he stroked his 50th double of the season (making him the fourth player in major league history with three or more 50-double seasons), Roberts stole his 28th base of the season to get to third, then came around to score on a Nolan Reimold sacrifice fly, cutting the Sox lead back down to one run. Manny Delcarmen was up in the bullpen for the Sox.

Lowell’s baserunning helps Sox tack on another (End 4, 8:27, 3-1Sox)
Mike Lowell looked as surprised as anyone when he found himself halfway down the baseline after Jason Berken’s 1-0 pitch to Jason Varitek. Not exactly a burner on the basepaths, Lowell, who had reached first on an error by Os first baseman Ty Wigginton, paused for a second then chugged his way to second for his first steal of the year. He came around to score a couple pitches later when Varitek belted a double deep to center, making it 3-1.

Os can’t capitalize on Scott’s double (Mid 4, 8:20, 2-1 Sox)
Luke Scott stroked a one-out double to right-center, but that was the only noise the Orioles made. Paul Byrd got groundball outs from Matt Wieters, Ty Wigginton and Cesar Izturis for a quick frame.

After Drew’s leadoff single, Sox come up empty (End 3, 8:13, 2-1 Sox)
J.D. Drew started things off with a single to left, and moved to second on a Kevin Youkilis groundout, but was left stranded after David Ortiz flew out to center and Jason Bay waved at a 2-2 slider.

Byrd hangs a ‘0’ (Mid 3, 8:08, 2-1 Sox)
Felix Pie tried to bunt his way on, but Mike Lowell made the play. Nolan Reimold skied out to left and after walking Nick Markakis, Paul Byrd fanned Melvin Mora to end the inning.

Play at the plate ends Sox scoring threat (End 2, 8:02, 2-1 Sox)
After smacking a single to left and trying to stretch it into a double, Dustin Pedroia got hung up in a run down between first and second. He tried to keep the Orioles infielders tied up long enough to buy time for Jacoby Ellsbury to score, but Ellbsury ended up getting cut down at the plate to end the inning (despite a sort of futile effort to push his way through the 6-foot-5-inch, 230-pound Wieters).

Pair of walks helps Orioles get one back (Mid 2, 7:53, 2-1 Sox)
Two walks to start the inning wound up costing Paul Byrd a run. He let Matt Wieters and Luke Scott get away from him, then gave up a bloop single to Ty Wigginton over the head of Dustin Pedroia. Wieters came in on a Cesar Izturis double play ball, helping the Orioles get back one of the two they gave up in the bottom of the first.

Bay’s two-run single give Sox early lead. (End 1, 7:39, 2-0)
A couple of walks, a check-swing single and a line drive from Jason Bay helped the Sox jump out to an early 2-0 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury used five pitches to work a walk out of Orioles rookie righthander Jason Berken to start the inning (He’s reached base in his first at-bat in each of the past four games, walking yesterday, and singling twice to open games against Chicago), then Berken walked Kevin Youkilis with two outs, making it first and second for David Ortiz, who tried to hold back on a 3-2 pitch and wound up punching it to third. Ellsbury was already at the bag before Melvin Mora could make a play, so Ortiz ended up with a single. Jason Bay cashed in a batter later, stroking a 2-1 pitch to left to score Ellsbury and Youkilis, giving Bay 100 RBIs on the season.

Byrd cleans up two-out, second-and-third situation (Mid 1, 7:20, 0-0)
Just as it looked like Paul Byrd had himself a 1-2-3 inning, the Orioles took advantage of an awkward ground ball by Nolan Reimold to Mike Lowell at third and stretched out the inning. Lowell scooped the ball cleanly, but his throw to first pulled Kevin Youkilis off the bag, allowing Reimold to reach. The play was ruled a hit. Nick Markakis came up a batter later, and stroked a double off the Wall in left center, but that’s as much damage as the Orioles would do as Melvin Mora flew out to center to end the inning.

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