By Maureen Mullen
As they did so often in 2013 on their way to a World Series championship, the Red Sox walked off with a win Sunday night at Fenway Park, beating the Orioles 6-5. It was their first walk-off since Aug. 1, 2013, when they beat the Mariners, one of 11 walk-off wins last season.
The Sox came back from a five-run deficit to tie the game with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh. Their final three runs all scored on Baltimore errors.
With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Orioles reliever Darren O’Day got pinch hitter Mike Carp to line out to David Lough in left field. But with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia on third, Lough threw wildly to home, allowing Pedroia to score the winning run.
The last time the Sox walked off on an error was June 30, 2013, against the Blue Jays.
It was their largest come-from-behind win of the season.
Sox relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings and have allowed just four earned runs over 29.0 innings in the last 10 games, lowering the bullpen’s ERA to 2.30 with 15 earned runs over 58 2/3 innings…David Ortiz had a bases-loaded RBI single in the seventh. Since 2013, including the regular season and postseason, he is batting .538, going 7-for-13, with the bases loaded…
Brock Holt has hit in all three games since being called up from Pawtucket on Friday. He is batting .400, going 4-for-10 with two RBI.
Jake Peavy went 5 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on 10 hits, including a home run, with four walks and five strikeouts. He gave up a season-high in runs, in his shortest outing of the season. The last time he gave up five runs in the regular season was Sept. 25, 2013, at Colorado, and had never done so at Fenway. He has allowed 10 hits in an outing just four times since the start of 2012, the last was Aug. 9, 2013, at Kansas City.
• Jonny Gomes went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, his second home run of the season. He got the Sox’ first hit of the game with a two-out double in the fourth…
• Chris Capuano threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings, his eighth straight scoreless outing, spanning 10 2/3 innings this season. He has 10 strikeouts and one walk in that span. He stranded two inherited runners getting Matt Wieters to fly out to end the sixth.
• The Orioles Adam Jones went 4-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. It was his first four-hit game since Aug. 6, 2013, at San Diego, and 11th of his career.
Of the Sox 19 games this season, 11 have been decided by two or fewer runs. The Sox are 7-4 in those games. Seven of the Sox’ games have been decided in a team’s last at-bat, with the Sox going 3-4 in those games.
AROUND THE BASES:
• The umpires reviewed Dustin Pedroia’s double in the ninth inning to see if it was a home run. But the call on the field stood, after a delay of 2:02.
• The Orioles fell to 4-5 on the road this season, committing a season-high three errors. It was their first three-error game since Sept. 17, 2013, also at Fenway.
• Nelson Cruz’s home run in the first inning was the Orioles first home run in five games.
• Chris Davis has reached base in 16 straight games, one shy of his career high, from Aug. 6-25, 2013.
• Mike Napoli was hit on the left knee by a pitch from Darren O’Day in the ninth inning. Manager John Farrell said Napoli will be checked Monday morning.
• Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who has been on the disabled list since April 5 with a right calf strain, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment Monday with Pawtucket. He is expected to get Tuesday off and play with Pawtucket again on Wednesday and Thursday.
• Right fielder Shane Victorino, who has been out all season with after suffering a right hamstring strain in the final spring training game, began a rehab assignment Saturday. He went 0-for-3, playing six innings in right field. He had a scheduled day off on Sunday and will resume his assignment on Monday, getting four at-bats over seven or eight innings, and nine innings on Tuesday. He could be activated after that.
• O’s shortstop J.J. Hardy left the game after the sixth inning with a right hamstring strain and is day to day.
The Orioles and Sox meet for the series finale Monday at 11 a.m. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (2-1, 4.76 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Orioles, with right-hander Clay Buchholz (0-1, 5.51) starting for the Sox.
Buchholz is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season Monday against the Orioles. In 16 career games against Baltimore, he is 9-3 with a 3.40 ERA. In two starts against the Orioles last season, he went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA, giving up three runs on 10 hits and four walks with 12 strikeouts over 14 innings.
Chen is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season and second against Boston on Monday. In eight career starts against the Red Sox, he is 2-3 with a 5.24 ERA, giving up 26 earned runs over 44 2/3 innings. On April 3 in Baltimore he took the loss against Boston, giving up a career-high 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. In five starts at Fenway Park, he is 1-2 with a 5.86 ERA. He is 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA and has allowed five home runs in his last three starts at Fenway Park.
As Jonny Gomes said on his way out of the Red Sox clubhouse Sunday night: “Sleep fast!”