Game over: Red Sox 4, Orioles 3 – Koji Uehara preserved the one run lead as the Red Sox scored three of their four runs in the 7th and 8th innings to overtake the Orioles before 31,962 at Fenway. The big hits were a two-run, two-out single by Dustin Pedroia and Mike Carp with the game-winning hit in a pinch-hit role in the 8th. The game was played in an even 3 hours.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 3 – After the Orioles got two quick outs, Jarrod Saltalamacchia came within a foot or two of hitting one out high atop the left field wall. It was a double. After Stephen Drew Was walked intentionally, pinch-hitter Mike Carp blooped one over Machado at third and it dropped in scoring Salty with the go-ahead run.
Top 8th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 3 – Jacoby Ellsbury has left the game after fouling a ball off his foot. Victorino has moved from right to center. Jonny Gomes is in left field and Daniel Nava has moved to right field. Lackey started the inning and retired Manny Machado, but after 92 pitches Farrell took him out for Craig Breslow with Chris Davis due up. Lackey left to a nice ovation. Brewslow did his job striking out Davis who is now 0-for-6 with four K’s vs. the lefty. Adam Jones lined out to end the inning.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 3 – Stephen Drew doubled to right to lead off the inning vs. K-Rod. Bogaerts lined out to second base, swinging at the first pitch (he’s 0-for-3). Ellsbury fouled a ball off his left foot and was in quite a bit of pain necessitating the trainer and manager John Farrell to come out. Ellsbury stayed in. Ellsbury reached on an infield single up the middle on which shortstop J.J. Hardy made a nice play to stop the ball from heading into the outfield and holding Drew at third base. K-Rod was lifted here for righty sidearmer Darren O’Day. Ellsbury stole his 49th base to create second and third. But Victorino lined to second for the second out leaving it up to Pedroia. He singled to left scoring both runners to tie the game at 3. O’Day gave way to lefty Brian Matusz to pitch to David Ortiz with Pedroia on second base after he advanced on the throw home. Matusz went 3-0. Ortiz got the green light and fouled off the 3-0 pitch. On 3-1 he flew out to center field to end the threat.
Top 7th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 1 – Lackey is pitching well, once again the victim of run support or lack thereof. He’s on his way to his 17th quality start, which leads the team. He’s allowed three runs or less in 19 of his 24 starts. Brian Roberst singled in this inning, but that’s it.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 1 – Bud Norris was finally pulled after 5-1/3 innings as his pitch count soared to 105 after he allowed a leadoff single to Daniel Nava and struck out Mike Napoli. Buck Showalter summoned Frankie Rodriguez, who got Saltalamacchia to ground out into a 3-6-3 double-play started by Chris Davis.
Top 6th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 1 – Chris Davis launched his 47th home run to rightcenter off Lackey. Lackey hung one right over the plate and Davis didn’t miss.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1 – If anything, the Red Sox have forced Norris into a high pitch count – 93 after five full innings. He’s walked four batters including Pedroia in this inning, but held the game to one run.
Top 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1 – Brian Roberts singled ro left with one out, but Nate McLouth and Manny Machado flew out.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1 – A Jarrod Saltalamacchia single was all Boston could muster vs. Norris.
Top 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1 – Nick Markakis doubled with one out, but neither JJ Hardy (K) or Matt Wieters (Lined to left) could get him in.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1 – The rally started with a Stephen Drew walk. With one out, singles by Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino produced Boston’s first run off Norris. Pedroia walked, but the Sox were unable to tack on as both Ortiz and Nava struck out. .
Top 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 – Manny Machado homered over everything in left on an 0-1 pitch from Lackey, but it should have been a two-run homer. Brian Roberts, who walked and stole second, started getting a little greedy. With Machado up, he tried to steal third and he was gunned down on a pinpoint throw by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Machado followed with the long ball off Lackey.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 – Bud Norris strikes out Daniel Nava. Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (called).
Top 2nd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 – Lackey mows down Hardy and Wieters with strikeouts and Betemit with a fly to right.
Bottom 1st: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 – Bud Norris started his outing vs. the Red Sox by walking Jacoby Ellsbury, who immediately stole his 48th base. But Norris stopped it right there retiring Shane Victorino (liner to short), Dustin Pedroia (tapper to the left of the mound) on a nice field and throw play by Norris and David Ortiz’ fly ball to the warning track in left.
Top 1st: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 – John Lackey allowed an infield single to shortstop to Manny Machado, who beat out the slow roller to Stephen Drew. Chris Davis followed with a double to the rightfield corner scoring Machado. Lackey was able to get Adam Jones (fly to center) and Nick Markakis (foul pop to third) to end the inning.