Game over: Red Sox 9, Orioles 6
Jonathan Papelbon earns his 34th save as he preserves a comeback Sox win with a 1-2-3 ninth. There was a delay with two outs and a 1-2 count to Nick Markakis when home plate umpire Tom Halllion took a foul ball to the midsection and had to leave the game. There were three umpires on the field at the end. Lance Barksdale, who was at second base, finished behind the plate. Only 16,210 watched at Camden Yards. Game was played in 3:37.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 6
The Orioles get a run off Daniel Bard as Felix Pie (Doubled) scored on Matt Wieters’ sac fly. Jonathan Papelbon is warming up and will likely come on for a save situation in the 9th. Bard will get his 30th hold, tops in AL and second in the majors to Luke Gregerson (San Diego) with 32.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 5
Daniel Bard is on. Lester’s line: 6 ip, 8 hits,5 runs, 2BB, 10 K’s.
Top 7th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 5
It’s not the dog in the fight, it’s the fight in the dog….er…something like that. Sox show some fight tonight. VMart doubles in the go-ahead run. Adrian Beltre follows with a three-run homer. Six runs in the 7th.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 5
These haven’t been the easiest of days for Marco Scutaro, who has made a few bad plays in the field of late. But he just tied the game with a two-run homer off Hendrickson with Darnell McDonald aboard. All is forgiven, Marco. Interesting walk to the mound to get Hendrickson by Buck Showalter. He certainly sensed by Hendrickson’s body language, that he didn’t want to be out there any more. Showalter put him out of his misery.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3
Sox let Lester stay in for 120 pitches through six. He loaded the bases before getting a strikeout to end the inning. One scout at the ballpark thought Lester’s early-inning woes came as a result of poor location with his offspeed pitches and a sense that the Orioles knew what was coming, almost as if Lester was tipping his pitches. Interesting take.
Top 6th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3
Jake Arrieta is out after five innings. Big Mark Hendrickson is on. News update: Victor Martinez told WBZ’s Jon Miller he would not accept a two-year deal from the Red Sox or anyone else. Wonder if Sox would go four or five years for Martinez, who will likely get a good look from the Tigers, White Sox and possibly the Rangers to name three?
Top 5th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3
J.D. Drew’s solo shot, his 18th, went to leftcenter (402 feet) on a 1-0 pitch from Arrieta. Lester has really settled in. What ever was bugging him at the start of the game seems to have passed, retiring seven straight. Too little too late? News update: Jason Varitek said he feels ready to go on a minor league rehab. He’s trying to get the details worked out after the game.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 5, Red Sox 2
More misery for Lester. A two-out rally for the O’s. Old pal Julio Lugo singled, Nick Markakis walked and Wigginton singled in Lugo. A few readers have suggested Lester has a tired arm. Not a bad call. We’ll ask about it after the game.
Top 2nd: Orioles 4, Red Sox 2
Ryan Kalish is definitely one to watch in September. His two-out double scored Daniel Nava with the second Boston run. Nava singled to right with two outs.
Bottom 1st: Orioles 4, Red Sox 1
Et tu Jon Lester? Yikes, what a horrible inning for Lester.With one out he allowed singles to Julio Lugo and Nick Markakis before hitting Ty Wigginton with a pitch to load the bases. Adam Jones doubled in a pair of runs. A wild pitch scored the third run and Felix Pie’s double off the rightfield wall, scored yet another. Lester was really wild. The wild pitch went the backstop as if he were “Wild Thing.” Not even close. Robert Manuel was warming up after Jones’ hit. We’ll have to see if there’s anything going on here besides just a bad start. He’s had very erratic second half. The Sox had scored only 11 runs in his eight starts after the All-Star break, but did give him a first-inning run to work with.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
David Ortiz’ double off the right field wall scored Marco Scutaro (Infield hit to shortstop) with the first run of the game off Orioles’ younger Jake Arrieta. Ortiz’ hit came with two outs.