Game over: Red Sox 10, Orioles 4
Bobby Jenks pitches a scoreless ninth, allowing a hit to Andino. Sox relievers allow just two hits over the final four innings, but the offense will deservedly grab tomorrow’s headlines. Six homers, a season-high and the most in a game for the Sox since 2009. The win also moves the Sox back into first place in the AL East. Coupled with Tampa Bay’s 5-1 win over New York, the Sox are a half-game ahead of the Yankees.
End of 8th: Red Sox 10, Orioles 4
The Sox go scoreless in what they hope will be their last trip to the dish. Pedroia and Gonzalez open with singles, but Youkilis hits into a force play, and Ortiz grounds into a double play.
Middle of 8th: Red Sox 10, Orioles 4
Scott Atchison relieves Aceves, who threw just 15 pitches (12 strikes) in his two perfect innings. Guerrero opens with a double over the first-base bag, Two groundouts bring him home, and Atchison ends the inning by striking out Reynolds.
End of 7th: Red Sox 10, Orioles 3
Youkilis flies to Markakis in right, who makes a nice running catch toward the line. That’s it for Berken, with Pedro Viola coming on in relief. Ortiz greets him rudely, sending a shot to straightaway center for a solo home run, his 18th of the season. Reddick follows with another solo shot to right, then Saltalamacchia sends one deep into the Monster seats for back-to-back-to-back homers. Six of the top seven hitters in the Sox lineup — Ellsbury, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Ortiz, Reddick, and Saltalamacchia — have gone yard. Quite a power display. Poor Viola. He walks Drew, then mercifully gets taken out by Buck Showalter. Chris Jakubauskas is the new pitcher. He can’t do much worse than Viola, can he? Scutaro flies out, Ellsbury lines out to short.
Middle of 7th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 3
Aceves looks strong. He breezes again, needing just eight more pitches to retire the side in order for the second straight inning. Hardy fouls out to Gonzalez, Markakis flies out to Ellsbury, and Jones grounds out to Scutaro.
End of 6th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 3
Against the shift, Drew grounds out to Hardy at short, who was playing right behind second base. Scutaro sends one on a similar line, but without the shift, his grounder scoots into center for a single. Ellsbury then curls one over the Pesky Pole for a two-run home run, his 11th of the season, already a career-best. Pedroia flies out to right, Gonzalez grounds out to first, but the Sox double their lead and create some breathing room.
Middle of 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 3
Miller’s night is over, but he’s in line for the win. Alfredo Aceves comes in and records the first 1-2-3 inning of the game, on just seven pitches. Reynolds and Reimold ground out, Andino flies out to left.
End of 5th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 3
Pedroia flies out to center. Gonzalez also hits it to center, but this one carries the fence for a solo homer, just to the right of the yellow line. It’s his 17th of the season. Youkilis doubles to the corner in left, and an intentional walk to Ortiz ends Arrieta’s night. Jason Berken now on the bump for the Birds. He gets Reddick to pop out to Wieters, and strikes out Saltalamacchia.
Middle of 5th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 3
Guerrero lined hard to Ellsbury, who caught it on a dead sprint to his right. Solid defensive play by the All-Star center fielder. Wieters walked (for the third time tonight), but Miller ends the inning by getting Lee to hit into a double play.
End of 4th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 3
Controversial play to start the inning, with Reddick reaching first on an error by Arrieta. Reddick’s rope was snagged by Lee, who underhanded to Arrieta. But first-base umpire Mike Estabrook ruled that Arrieta missed the bag. Replays were inconclusive. Very close. Saltalamacchia singled, with Reddick taking third. Drew drove in Reddick on a hard groundout to Lee. Scutaro struck out, Ellsbury bounced out to second. The error makes the go-ahead run unearned.
Middle of 4th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 3
Nice tribute to former Sox manager Dick Williams — who passed away today at 82 — shown on the scoreboard after the third inning. Once play resumes, Reynolds and Reimold lead off with singles, Andino sacrifices them over, and Hardy’s sacrifice fly to right brings in Reynolds to tie the game. Markakis walks, but Miller ends the inning by getting a forceout from Jones.
End of 3rd: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
Six straight balls by Arrieta (walk to Scutaro, 2-0 count to Ellsbury) brings out pitching coach Rich Adair. Doesn’t work. Ellsbury walks, then Pedroia crushes a 3-1 pitch over the Monster seats for a three-run home run. Two groundouts (Gonzalez to second, Youkilis to third) and a flyout by Ortiz ends the inning, but the Sox have staked Miller to a lead.
Middle of 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
The Fenway scoreboard says Markakis is batting an MLB-best .412 (47 for 114) since June 8. Miller retires him this time, on a groundout to Pedroia. Miller hurts his cause against Jones, fielding a high chopper between the plate and the mound, but throwing wildly to first. Jones easily took second on Miller’s error. Guerrero broke his bat on a groundout to Pedroia, with Jones moving to third. After a second straight walk to Wieters, Miller ended the threat by getting Lee on a groundout to Scutaro.
End of 2nd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
David Ortiz sent Arrieta’s second pitch to the wall in left, and barely beat the throw from Reimold for a lead-off double. Ortiz advanced to third on a groundout to first by Josh Reddick, but couldn’t score. Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined out to Reimold, and J.D. Drew flew out to Markakis near the Pesky Pole.
Middle of 2nd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Smoother inning for Miller: Mark Reynolds hit a weak flare that Pedroia caught a few steps into the grass in right-center, and Nolan Reimold flew out to Ellsbury in right-center. Robert Andino singled past Scutaro, but was stranded at first when Hardy popped out to Gonzalez.
End of 1st: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Right-hander Jake Arrieta (9-5, 4.74 ERA) picthing for the Orioles. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a walk. After a flyout to left by Pedroia, Ellsbury was thrown out on a single by Gonzalez when he tried to advance to third. Gonzalez hit a one-bounce rope to Jones in center, who came up firing and nailed Ellsbury, who was trying to steal on a 3-1 pitch. Youkilis flew out to center to end the inning.
Middle of 1st: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Andrew Miller on the mound for the Sox, looking to improve to 3-0. Back-to-back singles by J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis to start the game, followed by a one-bouncer up the middle off the bat of Adam Jones that hit off Miller’s glove and caromed into right field, scoring Hardy and sending Markakis to third. Vladimir Guerrero hit into a double play (Marco Scutaro to Dustin Pedroia to Adrian Gonzalez) that scored Markakis, making it 2-0. No RBI for Guerrero, though. After a walk to Matt Wieters (who then stole second), Miller got Derrek Lee on a groundout to second. It’s the second straight start that Miller has given up three hits and at least one earned run in the first inning.