BOSTON, SEPT. 10 -- Spike Owen tripled home the tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored the game-winner on John Marzano's single, giving the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Fenway Park.
The victory was the third in a row for the Red Sox, who are 7-0 against the Orioles this season. The Orioles have lost four straight, and are now within one loss or one Detroit Tigers victory away from mathematical elimination from the AL East pennant race.
In the bottom of the eighth, Todd Benzinger walked with one out. Reliever Tom Niedenfuer (3-4) got Pat Dodson to pop out, but allowed Owen's triple to center that scored Benzinger. Marzano followed with a single.
Joe Sambito (2-4) earned the victory despite allowing Baltimore to take the lead in the top of the eighth. Wes Gardner pitched the ninth inning for his 10th save.
Baltimore knocked out Boston starter Rob Woodward in the eighth inning, when they overcame a 3-1 Red Sox lead with three runs.
Woodward gave up a single to Cal Ripken Jr. to open the inning, then left the game after walking Eddie Murray. Sambito got Fred Lynn on an infield grounder that advanced the runners, but gave up a two-run single by Ray Knight that tied it. Knight moved to second on Larry Sheets' groundout and scored on Terry Kennedy's single.
Owen's 500th career hit, a two-run single in the fourth, gave Boston a 2-0 lead against right-hander Jose Mesa, who was making his first major league appearance.
Wade Boggs went three for three, including two doubles, to raise his AL-leading batting average to .366 and his league-leading doubles total to 37.
Earlier today, a complaint by Red Sox Manager John McNamara prompted an official scoring change involving Boggs over a play in the Red Sox victory over New York Wednesday night.
In the seventh inning, Boggs led off with a grounder to third and Yankees third baseman Mike Pagliarulo was charged with an error when the throw hit Boggs.
After the game, won by the Red Sox, 5-3, McNamara told official scorer Joe Giuliotti that Boggs would have beaten the throw if it didn't hit him.
Giuliotti changed the scoring today.