Game over: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3: The Red Sox lost three out of four to the Orioles at Camden Yards. Once again, Jon Lester had a poor outing allowing five runs in five innings. The Red Sox got closer when Will Middlebrooks produced a three-run homer in the seventh inning, but the Baltimore bullpen took care of things as Jim Johnson got the save before 41,311. The Red Sox’ seven game road trip ended 3-4 vs. Tampa Bay and Baltimore.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 – The Orioles threaten but do not score. Valencia and Markakis singled off Miller, but Machado grounded out to shortstop with a force at second base.
Top 8th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 – Jose Igesias extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a single in the shortstop hole. But the Red Sox couldn’t capitalize as Nava flew out deep to left, Ortiz lined out hard to right all against lefty Brian Matusz. Jonny Gomes flied out to deep right.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 – JJ Hardy drove in Nick Markskis with a single for an insurance run. Markakis started the inning with a double – his third hit. Jones hit a ground-rule double off Tazawa, but Andrew Miller came on to strikeout Davis and Wieters to end it.
Top 7th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3 – Will Middlebrooks blasted a three-run homer to right field to close the gap in a hurry. Mike Carp had doubled to open the inning, but he had to come out of the game for a pinch-runner when it appeared he injured his knee. Carp has been icing the knee for days but when asked about it always said “maintenance.” Saltalamacchia singled to create a first and third for Middlebrooks who stroked the home run to right field. That marked the end of Miguel Gonzalez’ night.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0 – Pedro Beato, just recalled from Pawtucket, continued his dominance in Pawtucket against the Orioles.
Top 6th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0 – With one out, Ellsbury singled to center and Iglesias reached on an error by Machado at third. Nava flew out deep to left and and Ortiz lined out to first.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0 – Nick Markakis, who doubled to open the inning, scored on Manny Machado’s single to center. He went to thrid on Mike Carp’s throwing error. With two outs. Chris Davis produced an opposite field double to left scoring Machado. Lester struck out three in the inning.
Top 5th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 – Middlebrooks knocked into a double play to put a hurting on a potential Boston rally.
Bottom 4: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 – Lester pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Great play by Middlebrooks.
Top 4th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 – Sox go down in order. Gonzalez locating very well today.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 – Rough inning for Lester as the woes continue to mount. He allowed a leadoff single by Nick Markakis, who advanced to second on Manny Machado’s long fly ball to left. After Hardy flew out to center, Adan Jones dropped a double to left field with Jonny Gomes playing toward leftcenter. Chris Davis then uncorked his 100th career homer, a long shot to the back side of the iron railing in right center.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 – The Red Sox out two runners on base with a salty walk and a since to center by Ellsbury, but couldn’t score.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 – The Orioles strung together hits from Matt Wieters and Danny Valencia, but Lester got the bottom of the order – Pearce to strike out and Casilla to ground out to end the threat.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 – Gonzalez strikes out Gomes and Carp in another effective inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 – Manny Machado doubled down the third base line, but Jon Lester was able to escape.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 – Miguel Gonzalez had a quick 1-2-3 inning.