Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Matt Wieters knocked in the winning run in the
ninth inning, as Baltimore clipped Boston, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game
series from Fenway Park.
Chris Davis clubbed his team-record 51st home run and Brian Roberts added an
RBI for the Orioles, who have won three of their last four.
"I think the biggest thing for me is to go out there and continue to have
quality at-bats and do what I can to help the team win," Davis said.
Tommy Hunter (6-4) recorded the final two outs of the eighth, while Jim
Johnson tossed a scoreless ninth for his 46th save. Scott Feldman walked a
career-high six batters over his five-inning start, but allowed just two hits
and one earned run.
Dustin Pedroia homered and Xander Bogaerts drove in the other run for the Red
Sox, whose three-game win streak was snapped but whose magic number to clinch
the AL East was reduced to three after Tampa Bay lost to Texas.
Koji Uehara (4-1) served up the lead run in the ninth. Ryan Dempster worked
six full frames, giving up two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and
Uehara entered the ninth having retired the last 37 batters faced, but Danny
Valencia ended that streak by greeting the Japanese right-hander with a triple
to deep center. Pinch-runner Alexi Casilla then scored on a line drive to
right from Wieters for a 3-2 Orioles edge.
Johnson locked up the win by fanning Bogaerts, stranding a runner on second.
Pedroia began the home first with a blast over the Green Monster.
Boston added one more in the fourth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia reached when O's
third baseman Manny Machado flubbed his grounder, then Stephen Drew walked and
both men advanced on a double steal. Baltimore left fielder Nate McLouth
dropped a sinking liner from Bogaerts to score one run, but Pedroia
grounded into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
Baltimore halved its deficit in the fifth, as Valencia worked a leadoff walk,
moved to third on a one-out J.J. Hardy double and scored on a Roberts
Davis crushed his milestone homer to dead center in the sixth which tied the
game, 2-2. He bested the previous record of 50, previously held by Brady
Anderson since his breakout 1996 campaign.
Brandon Workman was lifted after allowing a single to McLouth and double to
Machado to begin the eighth. Craig Breslow retired the next two batters on
grounders to a drawn-in infield and got Nick Markakis on a fly to left to end
Baltimore has taken eight of 14 meetings with Boston, including four of seven
in the Hub ... The Red Sox swiped three bases on Tuesday, upping their team
mark to 35 straight attempts without being caught ... White Sox closer Bobby
Jenks still holds the MLB record for relievers with 41 straight batters
retired ... Prior to the contest, the Red Sox recalled infielder Brock Holt
and pitchers Brayan Villarreal and Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket,
while the O's activated outfielder Steve Pearce from the 15-day disabled list.
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