=== Carp leads Red Sox over O's ===
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Mike Carp's RBI single in the
eighth inning lifted the Boston Red Sox over the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3, in
the second test of a three-game series.
Dustin Pedroia tied the game in the seventh with a two-run single. Shane
Victorino added an RBI single for the Red Sox, who have won four in a row and
lead the Tampa Bay Rays by 2 1/2 games for first place in the AL East.
Boston starter John Lackey allowed three runs on seven hits over 7 1/3
innings. Craig Breslow (4-2) recorded the final two outs in the eighth to pick
up the win.
Chris Davis hit his MLB-leading 47th homer of the season and knocked in two
runs for the Orioles, who trail Boston by 7 1/2 games in the division. Manny
Machado hit a solo homer and scored twice.
Bud Norris got the start for Baltimore and gave up one run on four hits while
striking out seven and walking four over 5 1/3 innings. Tommy Hunter (3-3)
allowed one run on two hits in the eighth to take the loss.
"I battled hard and that's a good ball club over there, you have to tip your
hats to them," said Norris. "We just didn't get the bounces we needed today."
Trailing 3-1, the Red Sox scored a pair of runs in the seventh. Stephen Drew
led off with a double to right and moved to third on Jacoby Ellsbury's single
to shallow center field. Darren O'Day came in from the bullpen and Ellsbury
immediately stole second. After Victorino lined out to second, Pedroia hit a
two-run single to left.
Boston took the lead during its next at-bat. With two outs, Jarrod
Saltalamacchia doubled off the Green Monster. Drew was then intentionally
walked. Carp followed with a bloop single over the head of the third baseman
"Sometimes you don't get the at-bats that you want," said Carp. "But when
you're a part of this team and this clubhouse, the way we go about our
business it's a dream team and a lot of fun and just a great season all
Koji Uehara tossed a perfect ninth to record his 14th save of the season.
Baltimore got on the board in the first inning. Machado reached base on an
infield single and raced home on Davis' double down the right-field line.
Machado's homer over the Green Monster in the third made it a 2-0 game.
The Red Sox, however, got the run back in the bottom half. Drew walked and
Ellsbury singled to put men on first and second with one out. Victorino's RBI
single to center cut the gap to 2-1. Pedroia followed with a walk to load the
bases, but David Ortiz and Daniel Nava both struck out to end the inning.
Davis' homer in the sixth hit off the railing and bounced into the seats,
making it 3-1 Baltimore.
Boston and Baltimore have split 12 games this season ... Ellsbury left the
game in the top of the eighth after fouling a ball off his right foot during
his seventh-inning at-bat ... The Orioles recalled top prospect Kevin Gausman
from Triple-A Norfolk before the game and optioned pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to
their Gulf Coast League affiliate.
08/29 00:57:54 ET