Game and season over: Orioles 4, Red Sox 3
In a stunning finish, Robert Andino’s sinking liner which Carl Crawford could not make a clean catch on, hit the grass and scored Nolan Reinold with the winning run.
Just a few seconds later, the Rays won their game, ending Boston’s season.
Jonathan Papelbon looked as if he was going to shut down the Orioles in the ninth. He struck out Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds. Chris Davis then doubled to right field, but looked as if he were overpowering Nolan Reimold. But on a 98 mph fastball, Reimold hit a ground-rule double scoring the tying run.
Top 9th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
Matt Wieters made a bid deep to right but the ball was caught by J.D. Drew in the corner for the final out off Daniel Bard.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
Exciting inning. Marco Scutaro singled and tried scoring on Carl Crawford’s double in the left center gap. Nolan Reimold tried to make a diving catch, but the ball got by him to the wall where centerfielder Adam Jones threw a perfect relay to JJ Hardy, who threw a strike to the plate where Matt Wieters made a nice throw the plate where he made a good tag on the sliding shortstop. Mike Aviles then popped out to end the inning.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
Aceves hit two batters but worked out of trouble. He has now thrown 7.1 innings in the last four days. What a stalwart he has been out of the bullpen.
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
We’re back underway at Camden Yards. Alfredo Aceves is pitching. Yanks-Rays in extra innings. Remarkably, lots of O’s fans still here.
Delay was one hour and 26 minutes.
Update: The game will resume at 11 p.m.
The tarp is off the field now and the field is being attended to. Meanwhile, incredibly, the Rays have rallied from a 7-0 deficit and its 7-7 at Tropicana Field.
Wild card winner plays at Texas on Friday. The Rangers clinched the second seed.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
Dustin Pedroia walked and David Ortiz was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. The tarp is now on the field. Rain delay folks.
Top 7th: Red Sox 3 Orioles 2
Lester walks three in the inning, but throws a double-play grounder by Vlad Guerrero to get out of the inning.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
The bottom of the Sox order goes down 1-2-3.
Top 6th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
Mark Reynolds doubled and then got gunned down at home on a ground ball to shortstop by Nolan Reimold. It was the second big break the Sox caught (see the Simon balk in the fourth).
Middle of 5th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
Dustin Pedroia came up big with a solo homer off Simon on a 2-2 pitch, hitting it 390 feet to give Boston the lead. With the Rays down 6-0, things are looking up for the Red Sox to become the wild card team. After Ortiz singled off the rightfield wall, Simon was taken out and lefty Troy Patton came on.
Ryan Lavarnway, lined out to left field in his third at-bat without a hit. JD Drew then flew out to center to end the threat.
Top 5th:Orioles 2, Red Sox 2
Lester has a solid 1-2-3 inning.
Middle of the 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 2
A one-out double by Marco Scutaro almost went for naught, but Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon balked in Scutaro from third base. Huge break for the Red Sox. MIke Aviles, who was batting at the time, reached on an error.
Top 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1
Lester allowed a 2-run homer to JJ Hardy with Chris Davis aboard.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
The Sox had one and it should have been more. Aviles walked and went to second with Ellsbury singled. Pedroia then singled in a run.
Two on, no out, one in. But a big inning fizzled out as Ortiz grounded into a double play. The O’s then intentionally walked Gonzalez and Lavarnway struck out swinging after working a good at-bat.
The better news for Sox fans: Yankees 5, Rays 0. Mark Teixeira grand slam. Still hate him?
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Jones singled with one out, the ball going slowly up the middle But Reynolds grounded into a 5-4-3 double play as Pedroia made an excellent turn.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Drew had a single with one out. But Scutaro popped to shortstop and Crawford popped to left. Rapid game so far.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Hardy doubled with one out. But Lester struck out Markakis looking and got Guerrero to ground to third. The lefty appears to have good stuff tonight
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Ortiz walked with two outs, but that was it.
Pre-game: Welcome to Camden Yards for Game 162. It’ll be Jon Lester against Alfredo Simon.