Top 9th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 3
Game over. Papelbon saves the game, his 4th save. Bill Hall made a great play in left field to nail Nick Markakis trying to stretch a single into double. Great retrieval of the ball, pinpoint throw. Papelbon struck out Julio Lugo with runners on first and second to end the game. There were 37,367 here at Fenway tonight.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 3
Just watching the game with former Arizona manager Bob Melvin for an inning. Interesting perspectives. Bad teams just shoot themselves in the foot don’t they? Bases loaded walk by Jim Johnson to Adrian Beltre forced in the go-ahead run.
Top 8th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 3
The Orioles tied it, but it could have been worse. Second base umpire Jeff Kellog missed two calls on the same play. It came on a bunt by Garrett Atkins, which was fielded by Beltre who threw to second for a force, which was already too late, but then the throw pulled Scutaro off the bag to boot. Still, Kellog ruled runner Nolan Reimold out. The inning began when Matt Wieters doubled off Hideki Okajima. Manny Delcarmen came on and walked Reimold on four pitches. After the Atkins play moved runners to first and third, pinch-hitter Luke Scott drove in the run on a grounder to second base.
Top 7th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
Two-run bomb by Adam Jones off Daniel Bard on a 3-2 pitch after Lou Montanez had singled and stole second base. First major league stolen base by Montanez. Gee, he did it against the Red Sox? Opponents 37 out of 39 stealing vs. Sox. Hideki Okajima replaces Bard.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 0
Jon Lester gone after 5-2/3 innings, 7Ks, 4 walks, one HBP. His pitch count got up to 113 when he loaded bases in the 6th. Daniel Bard got Garret Atkins to fly out to continue a miserable night for Atkins, who came up twice with the bases loaded and could do nothing.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 0
The Sox added another run on Jeremy Hermida’s DP grounder. Shoddy fielding by the Orioles and Miguel Tejada in particular.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0:
Wow. Orioles can’t even steal a base against the Red Sox. Lester picked off Cesar Izturis after hitting him with a pitch and Youkilis threw him out. OK, it wasn’t Victor Martinez throwing anyone out. Lester has better fastball command now. He struck out Lou Montanez and Adam Jones.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
It’s obvious why the Orioles are 2-14 and counting. Bases loaded in the fourth against Lester and Atkins takes a called third strike. Lester got two quick outs and then lost focus, walking Ty Wigginton, allowing a single to Matt Wieters and a walk to Nolan Reimold to load them up.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
JD Drew’s sac fly scored Jeremy Hermida who started the inning with a walk. Marco Scutaro advanced him with a single.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
Has Jeremy Guthrie awoken David Ortiz? Entering the game Ortiz was hitting .304 (7-for-23 with 2 homers and 7 RBI) against the Oriole hurler. Guthrie threw Ortiz a fastball down the middle and Ortiz, as he’s practiced all week, drove the ball into the Monster Seats in leftcenter. First of the season for Big Papi in his 42nd at-bat.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Strange inning. Lester walked Ty Wigginton who was forced at second on Matt Wieters’ grounder. Then Marco Scutaro made a strange play on a slow grounder by Nolan Reimold in which he shoveled a throw to Pedroia at second. Problem was Wieters was going on the pitch and made second base and Scutaro had a play at first. There might have been a mishandling of the ball in there somewhere. But Garret Atkins solved all of Lester’s problems by knocking into a 5-3 double play as Beltre tagged the runner and threw to first.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Jon Lester needs a good start after three poor ones. He started out well in the 1st by retiring the first two batters he faced. But Nick Markakis stroked a double to left, but Lester dug in and battled Miguel Tejada, who struck out swinging.