Bottom 10th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 6
Game over. Rally by Sox fell short. J.D. Drew’s double knocked in Youkilis and Bill Hall’s single scored Drew. But Darnell McDonald fouled out against Cla Meredith and Marco Scutaro lined to second base. Time of Game 3:44. Attendance: 37,102.
Top 10th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 4
Ugly. The Birds loaded the bases off Scott Atchison and on came Scott Schoeneweis, who allowed an RBI single to Rhyne Hughes. Matt Wieters singled past Scutaro, who was playing in with the drawn-in infield, scoring two more runs. Thirty-one hits against Sox pitching last two games.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 4
We go into extra innings. Darnell McDonald singled to start the ninth and was sacrificed to second on a Marco Scutaro bunt, but neither Pedroia nor Martinez could get the winning run across the plate. Scott Atchison is now on to pitch the 10th.
Top 9th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 4
We’re into the ninth. Daniel Bard is on. Jonathan Papelbon is not supposed to be available today. Update: Bard struck out the side.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 4
Sox had a chance to take the lead after a leadoff double by Dustin Pedroia, but couldn’t get him home. Pedroia advanced to third with one out, but Kevin Youkilis grounded to third and Ortiz struck out swinging. Ortiz did try to lay a bunt down the third-base line, which was unprotected with the shift, but it rolled foul.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 4
Shortlived lead. Tim Wakefield allowed a double and a groundout before exiting to a standing ovation in the seventh with two outs in a nice performance. Not so good for Hideki Okajima. He surrendered an RBI double to Nick Markakis and a two-run homer to Miguel Tejada (off the foul pole in left) to tie the score. Wake’s line: 6 2/3 innings, seven hits, two runs, one walk, five strikeouts.
Bottom sixth: Red Sox 4, Orioles 1
David Ortiz’ single through a hole in the shift off lefty Mark Hendrickson scored Victor Martinez to put the Sox on top. The Sox rallied when Dustin Pedroia (walk), Martinez (single) and Youkilis (RBI single) accounted for the first run. Ortiz had hit a ball against the wall that just went foul before he singled in the go-ahead run. J.D. Drew followed with a sacrifice fly. Adrian Beltre, who after a shaky beginning in the field has been sensational, singled up the middle, bringing up Bill Hall to pinch-hit for Jeremy Hermida. Later, pinch-hitter Mike Lowell doubled in the fourth Sox run.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
Not much action here. Tim Wakefield pitching pretty well now while David Hernandez is also limiting the Sox to a couple hits of his over four innings. Sox stranded a runner (Youkilis, single) at second as Drew lined out to left for the final out. You’ll notice, limited stealing going on today. The Orioles aren’t very fast with the exception of Adam Jones, who singled and stole second in the fifth. Spoke to John Farrell before the game and we discussed my Sunday baseball notes column about catchers not being able to throw out runners. Farrell indicated the Sox could help the catchers by not walking so many batters. Farrell isn’t pleased with the fact that the Sox were 12th in the American League in walks (76) entering the game.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
You see a lot of weird things in baseball in April, don’t you? Kevin Youkilis popped up and ran into first baseman Rhyne Hughes on his way to first. Youkilis was called for batter/runnner interference by home plate umpire Jeff Kellog.
Top 2nd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
Wakefield wasn’t as fortunate in the second inning, allowing a one-out double to rookie Rhyne Hughes followed by a wall RBI single by catcher Craig Tatum. Cesar Izturis singled to left field, but Wakefield retired the next two batters to limit the damage.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Adrian Beltre botched back-to-back plays to start the game,. Both were called errors but the first one hit by Nolan Reimold was reversed and is now a base hit. Not a great start for Beltre, who seems to have trouble with the Fenway infield. Tim Wakefield, likely making his last start, got out of it