Game 135: Orioles at Red Sox

Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (79-55)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Nava LF
Carp 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Drew SS
Middlebrooks 3B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (12-7, 3.97).

ORIOLES (70-61)
McLouth LF
Machado 3B
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Wieters C
Hardy SS
Markakis RF
Valencia DH
Roberts 2B
Pitching: RHP Chris Tillman (14-4, 3.66).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Tillman: Pedroia 6-20, Ellsbury 3-15, Nava 2-11, Salty 1-13, Ortiz 0-7, Napoli 3-8, Victorino 2-8, Carp 1-5, Drew 0-3, Middlebrooks 0-5, Ross 0-2.

Orioles vs. Lester: Markakis 14-60, Jones 14-48, Roberts 9-41, Wieters 14-39, Hardy 6-21, Davis 2-19, Valencia 2-11, Casilla 0-8, Machado 2-9, Pearce 0-6, Teagarden 1-7, Betemit 1-5, McLouth 0-4.

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Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have allowed 14 runs in their last eight games. Their starters have a 1.64 earned run average in that stretch.

Notes: The Sox have won four straight and five of their last six. At 24 games over .500, they have matched their high-water mark for the season and they start the day with a 2.5-game lead in the division. The Sox also have the best record in the American League in the chase for home field advantage throughout the postseason. … Baltimore has lost three of four and is 23-25 since the All-Star break. … Lester is 15-2, 2.72 in 23 career starts against Baltimore. In two starts this season he has allowed five earned runs over 12 innings. Lester is 4-1, 2.31 in his last seven starts. … Tillman has owned the Sox this season, giving up two earned runs on 11 hits over 18.1 innings. He is 3-1, 2.08 in his last six starts against the Sox. … Ortiz is hitless in his last 18 at-bats with six strikeouts. His last hit came on Aug. 18. … Pedroia has hit in nine straight at 15 of 35 (.429) with seven extra-base hits, six RBIs and seven runs. … Ellsbury needs one steal for 50 this season. He would become the 24th player since 1901 with at least three 50-steal seasons. … Salty is 17 of his last 49 (.347) with eight extra-base hits and nine RBIs.

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Song of the Day: “Killer Parties” by The Hold Steady.

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