Game over: The Sox had no chance against Pedro Strop and Jim Johnson (35th save) the final two innings and bowed to the Orioles for the second straight night. Manny Machado made a great diving stop at third to rob Nick Punto to end the game.The Sox are four games under .500 and fading fast. The game was played in 2:53 before 22,269.
Top 8th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3 Both Bobby Valentine and Adrian Gonzalez were ejected when Gonzalez argued too much about Pedro Strop’s quick pitch delivery in which does not have a discernible stop. Strop has a quick-pitch component where he just winds and throws. Gonzalez argued that Strop was basically balking, but home plate umpire Mark Everitt disagreed and threw out Gonzalez who kept chirping on the bench while Valentine came out to defend him and got himself tossed.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3 Craig Breslow pitches a strong inning to keep the Sox within two runs.
Top 7th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3 The Sox got one back when Carl Crawford’s ground ball out scored the third run after Nick Punto reached on a throwing error by JC Romero and Jacoby Ellsbury singled. The inning ended on a nice play at third by Manny Machado, who made a strong one-hop throw from deep third base to retire Dustin Pedroia.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 2 What an awful inning for Aaron Cook. He went from pitching a no-hitter to falling apart. Cook had allowed three singles with one out, producing a run, but then he fielded Adam Jones’ tapper to the mound on what would have been a likely double-play and fired it into centerfield scoring the tying run. He them allowed a ground rule double to Matt Wieters scoring the go-ahead run. Andrew Miller came on to retire the lefthanded Chris Davis, but Junichi Tazawa came on and Mark Reynolds doubled to left field scoring two more runs. What a disaster.
Top 6th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0 A Jarrod Saltalamacchia single is all the Sox could muster.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0 Cook started with another leadoff walk – this one to Matt Wieters. But once again he got out of it. He got a great assist from Dustin Pedroia, who again came out of his body to make a sensational dive to stop Chris Davis’ ball from heading into right field and threw him out. Cook struck out Mark Reynolds with one of his first breaking balls of the night, and then retired Manny Machado with a ground ball out.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0 No. 8 and No. 9 hitters Scott Podsednik and Nick Punto stroked singles and the first run scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s ground rule double to right center. Punto then scored on Carl Crawford’s fly ball to center.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox Orioles 0 Aaron Cook walked leadoff man Nick Markakis to start the inning and then got three ground ball outs. Adam Jones looked as if he might have beaten Mike Aviles’ throw to first which would have scored a run, but first base umpire Laz Diaz made the out call much to the dismay of the Orioles.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Adrian Gonzalez stroked a one-out single, but the Sox are unable to do much after that as Gonzalez gets the desired outs vs. Cody Ross, who struck out for a second time, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia who flew out to center.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Cook keeps rolling with two more ground outs and a liner to short as he takes care of the bottom of the Orioles order with ease.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Gonzalez retires the side No. 9 hitter Nick Punto and then Ellsbury and Crawford.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Aaron Cook’s got the sinker working – three ground ball out by the O’s.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles and Scott Podsednik go down in order against Miguel Gonzalez.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Aaron Cook suffered a major cut to his left knee the last time he faced the Orioles when he was spiked while covering homeplate in the third inning back on May 5 in an 8-2 loss. Tonight he started well throwing a 1-2-3 inning with two ground ball outs.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Might as well start like you finish – leave runners on base. The Red Sox had runners at first and third thanks to walk by Carl Crawford and a single by Dustin Pedroia, but Cody Ross struck out to get Miguel Gonzalez out of the jam.