Game over: Orioles 3, Red Sox 2
The Lost Weekend at Camden Yards is complete as Markakis scored on a rip to left-center by Wigginton.
That’s a three-game sweep at the hands of the hapless Orioles for the Red Sox. The Orioles are 4-2 against the Sox this season, 3-16 against everybody else.
The Sox are 11-14, seven games out of first and now return home for 10 games against the Angels, Yankees, and Blue Jays.
The Sox are 1-5 in extra innings and 6-10 in the AL East. Back with more later on.
Bottom of the 10th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
Papelbon is in trouble. He walked leadoff hitter Nick Markakis after being ahead of him and then threw away a pickoff throw. Runner at second, nobody out.
Middle of the 10th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
McDonald singled and stole second with one out before Hall walked. But Scutaro grounded into a double play. Papelbon back out for the bottom of the 10th.
Top of the 10th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
Papelbon dodged a bullet there. After a pinch double by Wieters, the likes of Julio Lugo hit a line drive to left but Bill Hall was able to catch up to it.
(Yes, Bill Hall runs well as it turns out.)
Jones then grounded to third to finish the inning. Sox will now face Matt Albers. This is the sixth extra-inning game for the Sox, the most in the majors. They are 1-4.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
Drew led off with a single but Lowell, Ortiz, and Beltre all struck out facing Will Ohman.
Lowell’s day so far as the cleanup hitter: Two strikeouts and two dribblers out in front of the plate. Now Papelbon is coming into pitch.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
Daniel Bard got himself in quite a fix and sneaked out of it.
Jones and Markakis singled before — and I can’t believe I’m writing this — the Orioles had a guy hitting .324 with 8 home runs and 15 RBIs put down a bunt. But that’s what Ty Wigginton did and it was successful.
The Sox countered by intentionally walking Tejada to load the bases rather than let him beat them again. Bard went to 3-and-2 to Scott but struck him out then struck out Reimold.
That’s what Dave Trembley gets for bunting Wigginton. He deserves to lose.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
What a strange inning.
Varitek walked and was bunted to second. Victor Martinez then hit for Van Every, which meant Bill Hall had to come into the game to play the outfield. But Francona did not use Hall to run for Varitek at the same time.
So what happened? Aftar Martinez flew to center, Scutaro drew a walk and Pedroia singled to left. Varitek chugged home and was thrown out by 10 feet by Nolan Reimold.
Would Hall have scored? We’ll never know. Another question was why Tim Bogar sent Varitek at all. A catcher trying to score from second on a single after catching seven innings on an 87-degree day was not likely to score.
But Varitek remains in the game, presumably for an at-bat that could come in the 10th inning — if it comes at all.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
Beckett retires the side in order, helped by Beltre stabbing a line shot off the bat of Tatum. The line for Beckett so far: 7 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts, 2 hit batters. He is up to 105 pitches and on a hot day like this, maybe that’s enough.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
That was it for the Sox as Lowell grounded out, Ortiz popped out, and Beltre flew to right. Beckett out for the bottom of the inning having tossed 96 pitches.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
J.D. Drew just tied it with a solo homer to left center, just over the leap of Scott. His fifth of the year and third of the series.
Top of the 7th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1
Good start for Beckett, who had held the Orioles to two runs on five hits over six innings. Can’t blame him so far. Now we’ll see if the Sox can generate some offense against Millwood.
Middle of the 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1
The Sox went in order against Millwood. They have only three hits. If Beckett can hold the Orioles down long enough, perhaps the Sox can get to the Baltimore bullpen.
Top of the 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1
Beckett retired the side in order. I have him at 80 pitches through five innings.
Middle of the 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1
Varitek homered with two outs, his fifth of the season. Of his 11 hits, seven are for extra bases. Very few players have exceeded expectations more than Varitek has so far.
Top of the 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Beckett got ahead of Markakis 0-and-2 then allowed a single before hitting Wigginton with a 2-2 curveball. A single by Tejada loaded the bases. Beckett struck out Scott, but Reimold’s chopper to third was too slow to turn two and the Orioles scored a run. Hughes followed with a broken-bat grounder down the third-base line that rolled out of the reach of Beltre (who was playing Hughes well off the line) and a run scored.
The Sox are down again and not doing much against Millwood so far.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
The Sox went in order against Millwood as Drew struck out again. Lowell did the same. That Drew-Lowell-Ortiz heart of the order is not exactly terrifying. They’re 0 for 5 without a ball out of the infield so far.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Lugo singled with one out. But Beckett struck out Jones before Lugo was thrown out stealing by Varitek. Lugo was thrown out stealing thanks in part to Beckett keeping in eye on him and being quick to the plate. Pitchers are half the equation when it comes to controlling the running game.
That’s the fifth runner caught stealing since Wednesday. Lester and Lackey had two of them, Martinez threw out two and now ‘Tek has one. The Sox have worked on it and it’s paying off.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Van Every singled with one out. With Van Every on the move, Scutaro hit a liner to shortstop. Lugo was going to cover second but recovered in time to reach back and catch the ball and tag Van Every for the double play.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Beckett went to his cutter and changeup in the second inning and retired the side in order. He threw 15 pitches and is at 24 for the game.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
The Sox went in order against Millwood with Varitek hitting a fly ball to center that was hauled in at the fence.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Beckett allowed a leadoff single but got Markakis to ground into a double play. He then hit Wigginton trying to come inside but got Tejada on a ball back to first that Lowell handled with ease.
Of Beckett’s nine pitches, eight were fastballs and he was 93-94 m.p.h. with all of them.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
The Sox had a promising start to the inning as Scutaro walked on five pitches before Pedria singled up the middle. But J.D. Drew (hitting third?) struck out looking before Scutaro was thrown out trying to steal third for some reason. Lowell tapped a ball out in front of the plate and was thrown out by Tatum.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
It’s 87 degrees and feels like July here at Camden Yards. The Red Sox are looking to avert an embarrassing sweep and we’ll have inning-by-inning updates here.
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