Final, Red Sox 2, Orioles 1: The Red Sox avoid the sweep and snap both a four-game losing streak and a four-game home losing streak. Boston will enjoy an off day tomorrow before playing their final two home games of the season against Tampa Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday night. The Red Sox improve to 69-85 with the win.
Top 9th, Orioles 1, Red Sox 2: Andrew Bailey hits the hill for Boston looking for his sixth save of the season. Weiters, who was on fire in the first two games, grounds out to second to cap an 0-for-4 day. A Jim Thome pinch-hit, ground-rule double puts O’s on second and third. An intentional walk of Davis loads the bases. Gomez fields Machado’s grounder and goes home to cut down the lead runner. And pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty goes down looking to end it.
Bottom 8th, Orioles 1, Red Sox 2: Pedroia pulls the crowd back into this game with an opposite field double down the first base line and along the right field wall. Ross follows with a high fly to left that catches the top of the Monster four an RBI double. Mauro Gomez pinch hitting, puts a charge on a Brian Matusz pitch, but it is run down in left-center. Lavarnway is the second straight Sox pinch-hitter, promoting another O’s pitching change as they bring on 19-year-old Dylan Bundy, making his Major League debut. Bundy induces two flyouts to end the inning.
Top 8th, Orioles 1, Red Sox 1: Junichi Tazawa spells Doubront who finished with a career-high eleven strikeouts on the day. Tazawa makes quick work of the Orioles with a 1-2-3 inning. It’s the fourth time today that Baltimore, who has four hits on the day, has gone down order.
Bottom 7th, Orioles 1, Red Sox 1: Troy Patton starts the inning in relief for the O’s, but is lifted after allowing a Scott Podsednik single. Bobby Ayala comes on for Baltimore and retires Ciriaco with some big help from Machado who makes a great diving play to his right on a ball down the line, then popping up to beat Ciriaco by half a step.
Top 7th, Orioles 1, Red Sox 1: Iglesias makes a nifty play at short, charging in on a ball, and line drive flipping it to second base, but the double play could not be completed on Machado. But Doubront uses the opportunity to up his K mark, as he sits down Andino for the third time tonight for his eleventh strikeout.
Bottom 6th, Orioles 1, Red Sox 1: James Loney singles in the frame, but the Sox can muster nothing more.
Top 6th, Orioles 1, Red Sox 1: Doubront gets Mark Reynolds swinging to end a 1-2-3 inning. It was Doubront’s tenth strikeout of the day, a career high mark for the lefty. It was also the third time he’s gotten Reynolds today.
Bottom 5th, Orioles 1, Red Sox 1: The Sox are retired 1-2-3 for the second time on the day. Pedro Ciriaco has three fly outs to right field.
Top 5th, Orioles 1, Red Sox 1: Lew Ford gets the first Orioles hit of the game, a single back up the box on the first pitch of the inning. And Chris Davis wall-balls a double for their second hit. Machado pops one up to shallow left that Ciriaco just misses, allowing Ford to tie the game. Doubront bears down, strikes out two more and gets out of the jam. Felix has tied his season and career-highs with nine strikeouts in a game.
Bottom 4th, Orioles 0, Red Sox 1: Cody Ross checks in with a wall-ball single to leadoff and scores on an error by Andino who threw away a perfect double-play ball that would have ended the inning. Iglesias flies out to right, ending the inning and stranding two.
Top 4th, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0: Doubront strikes out the side, giving him seven through four innings. He is doing a solid job mixing his pitches and keeping these hitters guessing.
Bottom 3rd, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0: Tillman gets the Sox to go down quietly, the first 1-2-3 of the day for the Orioles.
Top 3rd, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0: Doubront allows a leadoff walk to Manny Machado, but then mows down the next in order, tossing two more Ks to the effort.
Bottom 2nd, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0: Jarros Saltalamacchia hits one a mile high and Robert Andino loses it in the sun, allowing the ball to drop to between him and Jones in shallow center. Andino gets a second chance on another mile-high pop, finding Danny Valencia’s fly, albeit with a little bit of concern at the end of the play. Daniel Nava moves Salty to third with a deep sac-fly to center. Jose Iglesias strands Salty with a ground out to short.
Top 2nd, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0: Two strikeouts and another fly ball out to centerfield for Doubront and crew as a Lew Ford walk proves harmless.
Bottom 1st, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0: Podsednik and Dustin Pedroia each pick up first-inning singles, but can’t be helped around as James Loney ends the inning on a check-swing grounder to third base.
Top 1st, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0: Doubront gets the Orioles on three straight flyouts to start the game. Cody Ross went slamming into the right field wall to track down an Adam Jones fly to end the inning.
Pregame: Hello from Fenway Park on a gorgeous fall Sunday. I am Craig Forde, back one more time to keep you updated on all of today’s action. The Red Sox are looking to avoid their second three-game sweep at home against Baltimore this season. The O’s are 10-4 against the Sox this year and 7-1 at Fenway. Felix Doubront will be making his second start of the season against Baltimore. He lost in his prior outing against them back on May 22nd, but did post a season-high nine strikeouts over six innings. The O’s counter with Chris Tillman who had a no decision in an August 16th start against the Red Sox. Skies are clear as can be, the sun is shining bright, and it is the last home day game of the season. It’s a perfect day for baseball!