Game over: The Orioles swept the Red Sox with a win this afternoon. Another poor start by Zach Stewart, who the Sox acquired from the Chicago White Sox for Kevin Youkilis. He lasted only 2-2/3 innings and allowed five runs. The game was played before 41,257 in 2:19. Johnson picked up his 50th save. The Orioles were awaiting the Angels-Rangers outcome. If Texas wins, the Orioles clinch a postseason berth.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 Mark Reynolds hit into an inning ending double-play as the Orioles hand it to Jim Johnson.
Top 8th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 Dustin Pedroia reached on an infield hit and then got caught stealing on a great throw by Matt Wieters. Red Sox keep taking strange chances on the bases.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 McLouth singled and was sacrificed to second. After Chris davis was walked intentionally by Chris Carpenter, Jones knocked into a double-play started by Iglesias.
Top 7th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 Nava belted a two-run homer. After Ciriaco singled, he managed to get himself caught in a run down.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Three up, three down against Mortensen.
Top 6th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Three fly ball outs for Pedroia, Ross and Gomez.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1 Chris Davis hit No. 31, a shot to right off Clay Mortensen.
Top 5th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 1 A one-out Pedro Ciriaco double was wasted as Nava and Iglesias struck out and the disappearing ellsbury grounded out on a nice play by Hardy.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 1 Jose Iglesias makes great play after great play. So fun to watch as he robs Hardy.
Top 4th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 1 Cody Ross homered, his 22nd. Danny Valencia also singed in the inning, but the Sox are taking the one run at a time approach.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0 Zach Stewart had another early exit – this time 2-2/3 innings. He allowed a leadoff homer to J.J. Hardy, then watched Jim Thome single to center to knock in Adam Jones.
Top 3rd: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 Jose Iglesias doubled with one out, but Ellsbury and Pedroia can’t get him in. The Sox are going to pay Ellsbury how much?
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 Stewart settles down nicely and sets down the No. 8,9 and leadoff hitter.
Top 2nd: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 Saunders retired five straight before Ryan Lavarnway roped a double to left field, but he was stranded.
Bottom 1st: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 Red Sox folks keep telling us Zach Stewart has a great arm. Terriffic. He allowed a leadoff homer to Nate McLouth, then singles to JJ Hardy and Chris Davis and loaded the bases when he hit Adam Jones with a pitch. Matt Wieters knocked into a double-play scoring the second O’s run and Jim Thome singled to center accounting for the third run.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 Sox helped out Orioles starter Joe Saunders with a lot of early swings. Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Cody Ross go down in order.