Pedroia slammed a one-out pitch from Brian Matusz (1-1) off the
top of the Green Monster in left-center field as two fans reached
over to try to catch the ball. David Ortiz was walked intentionally
after a wild pitch and Mike Napoli was hit by a pitch from Darren
O'Day before Mike Carp lined out to left fielder Lough, who launched
a wild throw far off the plate to allow Pedroia — who was retreating
back to third after tagging up — to score the decisive run.
Edward Mujica (1-1) struck out the only batter he faced in the top
of the ninth as four Boston relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless
innings. Adam Jones went 4-for-5 for the Orioles, who committed
three errors while blowing a 5-0 advantage after 5 1/2 innings.
Nelson Cruz hit a one-out homer in the first and Baltimore added two
more later in the inning on Matt Wieters’ RBI single and J.J.
Hardy’s sacrifice fly. The Orioles made it 4-0 in the fifth, when
Lough hit an RBI ground-rule double down the right-field line, and
Jones finished Jake Peavy’s night with a run-scoring single to left
in the sixth.
Boston broke through in the bottom of the sixth as Jonny Gomes ended
Ubaldo Jimenez’s outing by smacking a curveball over the wall in
left for a three-run homer. Ortiz singled in a run in the seventh to
bring the Red Sox within one and the tying run scored when Grady
Sizemore beat a poor throw home by Orioles third baseman Jonathan
Schoop on Napoli’s bases-loaded grounder.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: All three of Cruz’s homers this season have come
against Boston, as well as eight of his 12 RBIs. … Red Sox 3B Will
Middlebrooks (calf) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A
Pawtucket on Monday. ... Baltimore SS Hardy left after six innings
due to a hamstring injury. … Jimenez allowed three runs and four
hits in 5 1/3 innings, while Peavy yielded five runs, 10 hits and
four walks over 5 2/3 frames in his roughest outing of the season.
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