Game over: The Red Sox were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base tonight and that told the story of the defeat. Josh Beckett allowed six hits and five runs in 5-1/3 innings. Mark Melnacon gave up a big three-run homer in relief of Beckett to Mark Reynolds, who hit two bombs. The game was played in 2:53 before 26,204.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 1 Andrew Bailey’s debut occured this inning. He walked his first batter Chris Davis relieving Melancon with two outs. He then struck out Mark Reynolds who had homered twice. As rain and lightning began, he struck him out.
Top 8th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 1 Red Sox are pretty much done in this game. Lots of chances went by the boards.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 1 Melancon settles down just in time….Orioles go down with no damage.
Top 7th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 1 Wow. Bases loaded and the Sox get nothing. Darren O’Day entered in relief of Chen and just fooled Sox hitters including a called third strike on Ryan Lavarnway to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 7, Red Sox 1 The Red Sox have let this get away from them. Two runs scored on three hits off Beckett who was even booed by Red Sox fans who were at the Orioles game as he departed. Hardy singled and after one out, Adam Jones walked. Matt Wieters hit a Baltimore chop on which Aviles tried to scoop and throw but it got by him and then it got by Pedroia as a run scored. Chris Davis then singled up the middle scoring the fourth Orioles run. That was all for Beckett. But that wasn’t all for the Orioles. On Mark Melancon’s first pitch, Mark Reynolds homered with two men on base.
Top 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1 The Red Sox squandered another chance when they had runners at the corners with one out. Ross had singled and moved to third on Crawford’s single, but Aviles struck out and Valencia flew out to center against Wei-Yin Chen.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1 Mark Reynolds blasted a solo homer off Beckett to take the lead.
Top 5th: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1 Pedroia tripled to right field with two outs, but Adrian Gonzalez grounded out.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1 Beckett has a quick inning,prolonged a tad when Ryan Lavarnway mistimed a slide on as he was trying to make a sliding catch on a pop-up, but it didn’t hurt Beckett.
Top 4th: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1 Cody Ross started the rally with a ground-rule double. He advanced to third on Lavarnway’s grounder and scored on Carl Crawford’s single.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 Omar Quintanilla homered to lead off the third. Beckett stopped the bleeding right there retiring the next three batters.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 The Red Sox had a pair of runners on base after Pedro Ciriaco doubled with two outs and Dustin Pedroia walked.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Beckett allowed two batters to reach base – Matt Wieters with a walk and a single by Chris Davis – but Beckett dug in to get out of the jam.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Ryan Lavarnway, who has now become the co-catcher with Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to right but Chen retired the rest of the Sox.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Josh Beckett retired the Orioles in order in the first inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Jacoby Ellsbury singled and moved to second on DH Pedro Ciriaco’s sacrifice bunt on which he was trying for a basehit. Dustin Pedroia lined out to the pitcher and Adrian Gonzalez struck out to end the inning.