Game over: The Red Sox dropped their second straight vs. the Orioles, who moved into a first-place tie for first place with the Yankees in the American League East. The Orioles won it on rookie phenom Manny Machado’s 7th inning home run to break a 3-3 tie off Felix Doubront, who allowed three earned runs over seven innings and struck out 10. Jim Johnson earned his 49th save. The game was played before 46,311, a sellout at Camden Yards in 2:37.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 3 Junichi Tazawa was outstanding in retiring the side. Sported a 96 mph fastball, a moving two-seamer, curveball and split. Pretty nice repertoire.
Top 8th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 3 A combination Brian Matusz and Darren O’Day retired the top of the Sox order.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 3 Super rookie third baseman Manny Machado broke the tie with a home run to left off Doubront. The Sox lefty did a nice job escaping further damage. There were Orioles runners at second and third and one out after McLouth’s bloop double to left. But Doubront struck out both Hardy and Jones to escape further harm.
Top 7th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 3 Sox managed a 2-out single by Pedro Ciriaco, but Hunter had things under control.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 3 Doubront struck out two to bring his total up to six. he allowed a broken bat single to Chris Davis, but retired Mark Reynolds on a grounder that forced the runner at second base. Doubront is sporting an outstanding curveball tonight.
Top 6th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 3 The Sox tied it as Steve Johnson began to tire. Jacoby Ellsbury singled and Scott Podsednik walked to start the sixth. Johnson was replaced by Tommy Hunter. Pedroia grounded out to Hardy who got the force at second base. With runners at first and third Cody Ross’ fly ball to right was dropped by Chris Davis with Adam Jones converging. The run scored.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 2 The Orioles got a leadoff single by Lew Ford, who was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Robert Andino. But Doubront was able to secure the next two outs from McLouth and Hardy to escape.
Top 5th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 2 Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer with Mauro Gomez (walk) aboard to pull the Sox closer. That’s No. 25 for Salty, one behind Carlton Fisk’s single-season Sox record for a catcher. Mark Reynolds made a great catch tripping over the tarp near the railing on the first base side and came up with Aviles’ pop fly.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 Chris Davis hit his 30th homer, a two-run shot to right field off Felix Doubront with Adam Jones aboard. Jones had reached on a throwing error by Mike Aviles.
Top 4th: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 Manny Machado made a sensational play on a short-hop hard-hit grounder by Cody Ross to start an inning-ending doubleplay.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 Doubront has a solid inning. Looks as if he has his good stuff again tonight. Now if Sox offense could only get going.
Top 3rd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 Sox went down easily in the third.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 Doubront hit Chris Davis with a pitch with one out. Davis then easily stole second base. Reynolds reached on an infield hit to the left of the mound that Doubront couldn’t handle. Machado followed with a single up the middle, scoring the first Oriole run.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Cody Ross singled and with one out was thrown out trying to steal. After Saltalamacchia walked, Ryan Lavarnway fouled out to first base.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Felix Doubront seemed up for the Orioles challenge tonight with a strong first inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 With knowledge of a Yankee loss, the Orioles came out hyped. Starter Steve Johnson retired the Red Sox in order in the first before a packed house at Camden Yards.