Final, Orioles 6, Red Sox 5: The Sox go down without a fight in the ninth. Three straight ground balls and this late-season spiral looks as dismal as ever.
Top of the ninth, Orioles 6, Red Sox 5: Can’t ask for much more out of Aceves. Three scoreless innings in a one-run ballgame.
Now the Sox are in a situation no one likely thought they’d be in when they glanced at the schedule before the season: A high-pressure situation in late-season game with the Orioles.
Bottom of the eighth, Orioles 6, Red Sox 5: The Sox can’t capitalize, going down 1-2-3. Francona hit Ryan Lavarnway for Josh Reddick, and Lavarnway struck out swinging. Now, Joey Gathright will go to left while Darnell McDonald moves from left to right.
Meanwhile, Alfredo Aceves will come out for a third inning of work, trying to keep the Sox alive.
Top of the eighth, Orioles 6, Red Sox 5: Aceves got himself in to a jam by giving up a single to Vladimir Guerrero and a double to Matt Wieters to start the inning, but pitched himself out of it popping up Chris Davis, then striking out Robert Andino (looking) and Nolan Reimold (swinging). In his last 13 outings coming into this afternoon, Aceves has a 1.42 ERA. He just gave the Sox a chance to come back and steal a much-needed win.
Bottom of the seventh, Orioles 6, Red Sox 5: And after digging themselves a four-run hole, the Sox now have a one-run game on their hands. After Marco Scutaro’s two-out double, Alex Gonzalez singled to cut the lead to 6-5., Still, the Sox are 2-57 this season when trailing after the seventh.
Top of the seventh, Orioles 6, Red Sox 4: Aceves sits Angle, Hardy and Markakis down in order and that’s now five scoreless innings for him going back three appearances to Sept. 13 against Toronto.
Bottom of the sixth, Orioles 6, Red Sox 4: The Os and Sox both go down in order (the first 1-2-3 inning of the game for the Sox offense). Felix Doubrount, who had allowed five runs in five appearances this month, was clean over 1.1 innings. Alfredo Aceves now is on the mound for the Sox.
Bottom of the fifth, Orioles 6, Red Sox 4: Despite Kyle Weiland’s struggles on the mound, the Sox are still very much alive. They got a couple runs back thanks to an RBI double from Adrian Gonzalez and an RBI triple from Dustin Pedroia.
What killed the rally, though, was a questionable call on a David Ortiz liner down the left field line. Replays seemed to show that the ball dotted the fence inside of the yellow line, but it was ruled foul on the field. Ortiz came back to the plate and flew out to center, leaving Dustin Pedroia stranded on third.
Top of the fifth, Orioles 6, Red Sox 2: Weiland just gave up his third homer of the afternoon, a JJ Hardy blast over the Monster on a 1-and-0 pitch.
After Weiland walked Matt Wieters for the second time today, Francona called for left-hander Felix Doubront. In six games (five starts), Weiland’s given up 22 runs (21 earned).
Bottom of the fourth, Orioles 5, Red Sox 2: The Sox have to dig themselves out of a hole, and it doesn’t help that hard-hit balls, like Dustin Pedroia’s liner to third to start the inning, are going in the books as outs. Still, after David Ortiz ripped a single through the shift, Jarrod Saltalamacchia shot one out to deep center for a run-scoring triple.
Top of the fourth, Orioles 5, Red Sox 1: Weiland was roughed up a little. He started the inning by walking Matt Weiters then (after a fielder’s choice) gave up back-to-back home runs to Robert Andino and Nolan Reimold.
Bottom of the third, Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: McDonald got one of the runs back in a hurry, taking the first pitch of the inning over the Monster to cut the deficit in half.
Top of the third, Orioles 2, Red Sox 0: The sun’s causing all kinds of trouble in left field. Darnell McDonald dropped a couple of fly ball out there and the Sox ultimately paid for it when Matt Angle ripped a two-run double off the Monster.
Terry Francona visited Weiland on the mound. After a smooth start, his control slipped and he hit Nick Markakis. Still, only one of the two runs he’s allowed is earned.
Bottom of the second, Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: Josh Reddick got a little help from the early afternoon sunshine. He shot one out to left, and Nolan Reimold looked like he’d haul it in at the warning track in front of the Monster, but lost it completely, throwing his arms up as it bounced by him. It was harmless, though. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Aviles left Reddick stranded.
Top of the second, Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: Weiland’s up to four strikeouts through two innings. He fanned Matt Weiters on four pitches.
Bottom of the first, Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: With one out and runners on first and second, JJ Hardy stopped a bullet off Dustin Pedroia’s bat to start an inning ending, 6-4-3 double play.
Top of the first, Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: Quick inning for Weiland. He only needed 16 pitches to sit Matt Angle (strikeout), JJ Hardy (groundout) and Nick Markakis (strikeout) down in order.
Pregame: The double-header’s already seen some action with the Sox scratching Carl Crawford from the starting lineup at the last minute. Kyle Weiland now takes the mound to face Matt Angle.