Game over: Orioles 3, Red Sox 2 – The Red Sox will have to put off their playoff-clinching party one more day after bowing to the Orioles at Fenway before 35,030 at Fenway.
The Red Sox led 2-0 at one point, but the Orioles chipped away with single runs in the fifth and sixth, one of Chris Davis’ Orioles’ record-breaking 51st home run. The big news here: Koji Uehara got the loss. His streak of 37 consecutive retired batters ended on Danny Valencia’s triple to lead off the ninth and the O’s won it from there on Matt Wieters’ sacrifice fly. Jim Johnson, who leads the AL with 46 saves, stranded pinch-runner Quintin Berry at second after he allowed a single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Johnson struck out Xander Bogaerts to end the game.The game was played in 3:08
Top 9th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 2 -All good things must end. Koji Uehara’s streak of 37 straight batters retired ended when Danny Valencia tripled over Shave Victorino’s head to lead off the inning. Matt Wieters lined a sac fly to score pinch-runner Alexi Casilla with the go-ahead run. It ended a streak of 30-1/3 innings.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2 – The Red Sox middle of order – Ortiz (K), Napoli (6-3) and Nava (7) go down.
Top 8th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2 – Second and third nobody out in the 8th. Orioles don’t score. Craig Breslow throws two grounders to SS and a pop to CF in relief of Workman who allowed a single to McLouth and a double to Machado to start the inning. Orioles may have just lost the game right there.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2 – Manny Machado made a bad throw to first allowing Dustin Pedroia to reach on an error, but Machado didn’t make the same mistake twice. Victorino’s grounder to third resulted in an inning-ending 5-4-3 double-play started by Machado to get Kevin Gausman out of the inning.
Top 7th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2 – Brandon Workman with a dominant 7th inning. Interesting dilemma for the Red Sox next season. Is Workman a starter or do you keep him in a 7th inning role?
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2 – Red Sox go down in order against lefty reliever TJ McFarland.
Top 6th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 2 – Chris David launched his 51st home run, setting an all-time single season Orioles record with a blast to center over the Alex and Ani sign to tie things up vs. Dempster. Great over-the-shoulder catch in center by Shane Victorino robbed Nick Markakis of extra bases. We forget Victorino won three Gold Gloves in center (2008-10). It’s now 3-0 KC over Cleveland in the third.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1 – Napoli walked for the second time, but that’s all the Red Sox could muster.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1 – Dempster walked Valencia and after one out, Hardy doubled to center sending Valencia to third. The run scored on a ground ball to third but by Brian Roberts. At the same, we’re scoreboard watching. A Red Sox win coupled by an Indians loss clinches a wild card spot for the Red Sox. The Royals have a 1-0 lead in the third.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0 – The Red Sox score an unearned run. Saltalamacchia reached on an error and after Drew walked, he was the front end of a double-steal. Xander Bogaerts sent a sinking liner to left which Nate McClouth dropped. Bogaerts was credited with a sac fly and an error scoring the run.
Top 4th: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 – Dempster adds to his strikeout total (foive) with a pair in the fourth and again Davis and Jones. That’s four of the five against the O’s biggest hitters.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 – Feldman, who was 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA in four road starts for the Orioles, has settled down. He retiring Victorino and Ortiz, went 3-2 to Napoli and walked him. But Feldman got Nava to fly out to center.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 – A 1-2-3 inning for Dempster, who has the good splitter working tonight.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 – Mike Carp doubled to left field with one out, but the Red Sox failed to get him home. With two outs, Stephen Drew and Xander Bogaerts walked to load the bases, but Dustin Pedroia lined out to Brian Roberts at second base to end the threat.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 – Dempster struck out Nick Markakis to start the second inning, his third consecutive K. But he walked Danny Valencia before throwing two ground ball outs Matt Wieters and JJ Hardy.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0– Tough start for Orioles starter Scott Feldman who needs to pitch a beauty tonight to keep the Orioles in the wild card hunt. Oops! First batter Dustin Pedroia hits one over the Monster, his 9th homer. It was Pedroia’s third career leadoff homer, his last one coming October 3, 2009 vs. Cleveland.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 – Ryan Dempster and his 8-9 record and 4.70 ERA took the mound for the Red Sox. He allowed a one-out infield single to shortstop, but then struck out Chris Davis and Adam Jones. Not bad. The Orioles desperately need to win this to stay afloat in the wild card hunt.