Bottom 11th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 3
Game over. Nick Markakis’ bloop single to center off Hideki Okajima (wow, I actually wrote Matsui..might as well have been) scored Cesar Izturis with the winning run. Izturis was sacrificed to second by Julio Lugo. It ended Baltimore’s 10-game losing streak and was the first win for new manager Juan Samuel.
Bottom 11th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 3
Hope this ends before the Celtics game. This truly will be the last man standing because guys must be incredibly exhausted at this point. There isn’t too much pep in anyone’s step at the moment. The Sox had a runner (Darnell McDonald) to second base in the top of the inning, but neither Scutaro or Pedroia could get him in. Hideki Okajima begins his second inning of relief.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 3
Nice catch by Cameron who ran back as far as he could to the deepest part of CF and gathered the Lou Montanez drive with Ty Wigginton on base to end the ninth and send this game into extra innings. Papelbon, the slowest working pitcher in baseball, was an adventure after the first two outs.
Top 9th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 3
Sox tie it on Dustin Pedroia’s sac fly to center scoring Mike Cameron. Cameron singled off Will Ohman to begin the ninth and was moved over to second on McDonald’s sac bunt. Scutaro singled through the short stop hole with Cameron stopping at third. On the sac fly, Scutaro tagged and went to second. Ortiz lined out to right on a well hit ball to end the inning. Jonathan Papelbon has come on to pitch.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 2
Defensive changes: Manny Delcarmen is in to pitch. Jason Varitek is behind the dish. The Orioles have taken the first lead of this series on a Scott Moore double to the rightfield corner on a ball that Darnell McDonald allowed to get through his legs on the carom. Lou Montanez, who pinch-ran for Luke Scott, who walked, scored from first base. Looks like Delcarmen got hurt and came out of the game after walking Tatum. Ramon Ramirez came on to pitch and stranded two Oriole runners. If Delcarmen is injured, it makes the Boof Bonser move back to the bigs easy. Bonser has to be reinstated by tomorrow or the Sox have to designate him for assignment.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
Strenuous inning for Lackey, who is probably done now having thrown 124 pitches. The Orioles really made him work. Lackey put two runners on base, one on Dustin Pedroia’s second error of the season when he ranged far to the first base side for Izturis’ grounder and muffed it. Lackey walked Tejada with two outs, went 3-0 to Wigginton before retiring him on a grounder to shortstop. A wet, muggy, sticky afternoon. Has to have taken its toll on Lackey, who got his team seven innings and allowed only two runs.
Top 7th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
An inning with a lot of stuff, but no results for the Sox. After Mike Cameron walked, we witnessed one the strangest sacrifice bunts by Darnell McDonald, who got jammed and hit the ball right near his feet but in fair grounds. Catcher Craig Tatum tagged him out, but Cameron had gone to second base. After another walk to Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia worked a long at-bat against Albers which ended with a fly ball to right. Pedroia did foul off Ball Four right before that. Samuel took Albers out for lefty Mark Hendrickson to pitch to David Ortiz. The big fella hit Ortiz off the lefthand with a pitch. Bases full for Youk against Jason Berken. Youkilis flied out to right to end the inning.
Top 6th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
The Red Sox got Pedroia to second base after he beat out an infield hit and stole second base. New manager Juan Samuel ordered Victor Martinez walked intentionally. Matusz, however, also walked the next batter, Beltre, to load the bases. Now if I were Samuel, I wouldn’t be hurrying to the bullpen, but he did. He yanked Matusz after 117 pitchesand brought in Matt Albers. This was music to Boston’s ears. Hall, ran the count to 3-1 and for some reason swung at the next pitch and grounded out to shortstop.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
Matusz has started to mix it up with his excellent curveball and offspeed stuff. He fooled Victor Martinez, who seemed to be right on his fastball in his first at-bat (two-run homer)with offspeed stuff and struck him out. Beltre also struck out on a fastball down and away. The rain has held off except for the light stuff and the sun is trying to break through. Personal note: Thank all of you for the nice E-mails concerning the Ken Griffey Jr. lead in my Sunday baseball notes column. I think we all believe that Griffey was a clean player in the steroid era. The man who signed him out of Moeller High (Cincinnati) for the Seattle Mariners, Tom Mooney, a native of Pittsfield, is here scouting the Sox-Orioles for the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s always great for a scout to have a Hall of Famer on the slate of players he signed.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2
The Birds tied it as the rain began here. Lackey loaded the bases starting with a double to leftcenter by Luke Scott. After Scott Moore reached on an infield single to shortstop and Scutaro threw off the mark for an error to put runners at the corners, Craig Tatum walked. Izturis singled to center scoring one run, and Lugo’s grounder to short and hustle down the line to avoid the DP, scored the tying run.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Victor Martinez, bang! Two-run jolt to left off Brian Matusz with Kevin Youkilis (walk) aboard as the Sox take an early lead on this cloudy, humid day at Camden Yards. The Orioles got a one-out double from Miguel Tejada in the first inning, but guess what? You’re right if you guessed the other Birds couldn’t drive him in off veteran John Lackey. The Sox went down in order in the top of the first with young lefty Brian Matusz striking out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz.