BALTIMORE — There was no on-field animosity that carried over from earlier this month, but that’s not to say that the Baltimore Orioles didn’t feel the effects of their ejection-marred last meeting with the Boston Red Sox.
With closer Kevin Gregg serving the first game of a three-game ban after his fight with the also-suspended David Ortiz and Koji Uehara unavailable after pitching three straight days, Orioles Manager Buck Showalter reached deep into his bullpen late in a close game and what followed was as predictable as the end result of the game.
Boston found yet another way to humiliate the Orioles, breaking a tie with an eight-run top of the eighth inning on their way to a 15-10 victory in front of an announced 27,924 at Camden Yards.
Trying to extend their winning streak to three games and break a six-game losing streak against the Red Sox, the Orioles (38-55) scored five times in the fifth inning to take a lead. But with Showalter keeping Jim Johnson in the bullpen for a potential save situation, the Red Sox tied the game in the seventh on Kevin Youkils’s one-out RBI single. They then turned the game into a laugher in the eighth. They sent 12 batters to the plate — five got hits and four walked — against three pitchers.
In his second inning of work, Michael Gonzalez retired just one of the four batters and left the bases loaded with just one out for Mark Worrell, who was just promoted earlier in the day and hadn’t pitched in a big league game since June 13, 2008.
With his funky side-winder delivery, Worrell gave up a two-run, tie-breaking double to Dustin Pedroia. After an intentional walk of Adrian Gonzalez, Youkilis hit a two-run single off Worrell, ending the reliever’s night. The Red Sox then tacked on four more in the inning with Chris Jakubauskas on the mound.
— Baltimore Sun