Final: Orioles 9, RedSox 6: It was an entertaining one to be sure, but the Sox never gained a lead all day and ultimately fall for the fourth straight game. The Orioles improve to 11-0 in extra-inning games on the road, and 16-2 overall when additional frames are required. We’ll do it all over again tomorrow as Felix Doubront faces Chris Tillman in a 1:35 p.m. start.
Bottom 12th, Orioles 9, Red Sox 6: The A.L. saves leader, Jim Johnson (46) on to shut the door for the second straight night. Gomez hits an opposite field single to right and moves to second on a defensive indifference, but gets no further as Johnson shuts things down, striking out Valencia to end it.
Top 12th, Orioles 9, Red Sox 6: Alfredo Aceves is pitcher number eight for Boston against the meat of Baltimore’s order. Jones ropes a two-bagger to the wall in left-center to lead things off. Thome with a shot off of Aceves that one hops the track in right field for a ground-rule double, scoring Jones. Endy Chavez drives in pinch-runner Xavier Avery with a single to right and Aceves is yanked for Chris Carpenter. Machado scores Chavez with a single back up the box and the Orioles add a little more breathing room. The bleeding stops on a pop-up to third by McLouth.
Bottom 11th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 6: Tommy Hunter hits the hill for Baltimore, becoming the thirteenth pitcher of the day. The top of the Sox order goes down without a fight and we get one more free frame.
Top 11th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 6: It’s a new inning, so it must be time for a new Sox pitcher…ladies and gentlemen, Marc Melancon. And it’s another 1-2-3 inning for Boston who have sent down thirteen straight O’s.
Bottom 10th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 6: Sox sandwich an Aviles single and a Nava walk into the inning, but can’t do anything about it. More free baseball ahead.
Top 10th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 6: Andrew Bailey is the sixth pitcher of the game for Boston and he gets the O’s to go down in order.
Bottom 9th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 6: Luis Ayala on in relief for Baltimore. Pedroia hits a flat, foul pop-up that Reynolds tracks down before the camera well on the first base side. Ross gets caught up on an Ayala breaking ball, striking out for the second out. Lavarnway’s strike out sends us into extra frames.
Top 9th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 6: Junichi Tazawa becomes the fifth Boston pitcher on the day. Jones goes down swinging at a 96-mile-per hour heater and Weiters is finally retired on a groundout to first. After a battle, Tazawa gets Thome swinging at 95-mile-per hour cheese.
Bottom 8th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 6: Nava goes two-put, wall-ball double and Pods follows with one of his own as McLouth just misses on it as he leaped at the wall. Ciriaco grounds to second for the third out as we head to the ninth inning deadlocked at six.
Top 8th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 5: Craig Breslow on for the Red Sox and he works a 1-2-3 inning, only the second time the Sox have retired Baltimore in order today.
Bottom 7th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 5: Podsednick opens things with a double, followed by a Ciriaco walk and a crazy play at second where the Orioles Hardy and Flaherty ran into each other, missing the force play and loading the bases. Ross chops one to second base and Pedroia is tagged out going to second base for the first out, but not before Pods crossed the plate. Hardy makes up for things with a great diving play at shortstop on a Lavarnway grounder. He gets the force at second, but Ciriaco scores to pull the Sox within one. Gomez strikes out to end the rally.
Top 7th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 3: Adam Jones whacks the first pitch of the inning off of the Sports Authority sign above the Monster seats for his 31st home run of the season. After sprinkling in a couple of walks, Mortensen gets out without any additional damage by striking out three batters.
Bottom 6th, Orioles 5, Red Sox 3: Jake Arrieta on to pitch for the Orioles and he makes quick work of the Sox, setting them down 1-2-3 for the second straight inning.
Top 6th, Orioles 5, Red Sox 3: Cook strikes out the leadoff man, but allowed back-to-back hits, running him from the game in favor of Rich Hill
Cook’s final line: 5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 77/48 pitches/strikes
Ryan Flaherty takes Hill to the triangle for a bases-clearing triple. Hill Ks McLouth, but is lifted for Mortensen who gets Hardy to ground out to short to end the inning.
Bottom 5th, Orioles 3, Red Sox 3: Ross, Lavarnway and Gomez go down 1-2-3, the first time the Sox have been retired in order today.
Top 5th, Orioles 3, Red Sox 3: Weiters picks up his second double of the day and third hit as he continues to knock the leather off the ball against the Red Sox, but for third time Thome follows with a grounder hit perfectly to Pedroia in the shift.
Bottom 4th, Orioles 3, Red Sox 3: Danny Valencia makes a nice impression on the home crowd with a two-run bomb that cleared everything in left field. It is his first home run as a member of the Red Sox, and scored Aviles who had reached on a leadoff single. Nava makes it three very solid hits for Boston, as Wolf heads towards the 70 pitch mark for the game. Pedroia grounds into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Top 4th, Orioles 3, Red Sox 1: Mark Reynolds takes a 2-0 fastball off the AAA sign above the Monster seats for his 22nd long ball of the season. The O’s continue to put good wood on Cook’s pitches, but can’t muster any more runs.
Bottom 3rd, Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Ciriaco leads off with a single but is promptly gunned down trying to steal second. The next two guys reached base before Randy Wolf extinguished the threat by forcing Lavarnway to pop to first and striking out Gomez.
Top 3rd, Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Once again Thome finds Pedroia on the shift, this time Dustin catches up to the grounder going to his right, allowing him to force an out at second and throw to first to double up Thome.
Bottom 2nd, Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: A Daniel Nava walk was the only threat the Sox had in the second, but he was stranded at first as the Sox put up the first zero of the day.
Top 2nd, Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Chris Davis singles, then moves to second on an errant pick off throw by Cook. Manny Machado follows with a single to center and Podsednik’s throw is not enough to catch Davis at the plate. The O’s put a few more on, but can’t plate another run as Scott Podsednik makes a nice play in front of the wall in center to end the inning.
Bottom 1st, Orioles 1, Red Sox 1: Dustin Pedroia bounces one into the stands down in right for a ground rule double and Ryan Lavarnway flares one opposite field to right to get him home and tie the game up at one. Mauro Gomez sizzles his bat in half on an inning-ending liner to short.
Top 1st, Orioles 1, Red Sox 0: Aaron Cook wastes a strike in walking Nate McLouth on five pitches to start the game. And McLouth wastes no time in stealing second base, which he does on the first pitch to J.J. Hardy who advances him to third with a ground out to second. Adam Jones hits one out to shortstop and with Mike Aviles playing back on the ball his only play was at first base for the second out. McLouth scores the first run of the game. Weiters picks up where he left off yesterday, opposite fielding a double into the left field corner. Thome hits into the shift with Pedroia back on the outfield grass for the final out of the inning.
Pregame: Good afternoon folks, I am Craig Forde, back on blogging duties fifteen hours after the Sox dropped game one of their three-game set to Baltimore, 4-2. The Autumnal equinox is upon us and as we change seasons, Fenway Park plays host to a little day baseball. The weather will be around 70 degrees and overcast by first pitch, so kick back on this fine fall day, follow along as we provide you with live updates and feel free to comment.