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Dan Wheeler (2-1) got the win with 2 1-3 innings of no-hit relief for starter Tim Wakefield. His performance was particularly noteworthy because Matt Albers, Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon pitched Sunday night.
"We didn't have Albers, didn't have Aceves, didn't have Bard," Francona said. "(Wheeler) comes in and shuts them down for a while. That's what gave us a chance. He threw the ball really well."
Wakefield gave up seven runs, three earned, and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings. He was undone by a particularly wicked knuckleball that produced a strikeout but resulted in a passed ball that fueled a five-run fifth inning that gave Baltimore a 7-6 lead.
Felix Pie opened the fifth by striking out, but he reached when the pitch eluded Saltalamacchia and went to the screen. Hardy, who signed a new three-year contract earlier in the day, hit a two-run homer and Jones drove a knuckleball an estimated 434 feet into the left-field stands.
Later in the inning, Nolan Reimold chased Wakefield with a two-run double.
Youkilis' RBI single tied it at 7 in the seventh.
After Derrek Lee hit a two-run triple for Baltimore in the first inning, Boston took the lead against Brad Bergesen with a three-run third that began with Saltalamacchia's seventh homer.
Boston made it 5-2 in the fourth, scoring two unearned runs after Lee let a grounder to first base go through his legs. The miscue ended a run of six straight errorless games by Baltimore.
Reddick homered off the foul pole in the fifth for a 6-2 lead.
NOTES: Crawford (back strain) was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game and went 2 for 5. ... Lee's triple was his first since Aug. 17, 2009. ... RHP Mark Worrell, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, became the 900th player to wear an Orioles uniform. He was charged with three runs without getting an out in the eighth. ... Wakefield's three strikeouts gave him 1,996 with Boston. Roger Clemens is the only player to have 2,000 strikeouts with the Red Sox.
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