American League Game Summary - Boston at Baltimore|
(Thursday, August 16th)
Final Score: Boston 6, Baltimore 3
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Adrian Gonzalez knocked in two runs and
Dustin Pedroia had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run as the Boston Red
Sox topped the Baltimore Orioles, 6-3, to avoid a three-game sweep.
Cody Ross went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Scott Podsednik had two hits and
knocked in a run for the Red Sox, who have won just three of their last nine
Clay Buchholz (11-3) allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven
over eight frames to pick up the win.
"(Baltimore) was jumping on (Buchholz's) early pitches, he got down early and
when he saw that we had some resiliency in our offense he shut the door and
shut it fast," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "And after he got the
lead, gosh, that six inning, he was like a man possessed. He was a great
competitor and a great pitcher tonight."
Alfredo Aceves struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 24th save.
Mark Reynolds had two hits, including a solo homer, and Adam Jones drove in a
pair for the Orioles, who lost for the just the third time in 12 tries.
Chris Tillman started for Baltimore and surrendered three runs on six hits and
struck out five over 4 2/3 innings. Luis Ayala (4-4) was pegged with the loss
after giving up three runs on four hits in just one inning of work.
"His stuff was good," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Tillman. "You
have to tip your hat a little bit to Boston, they really made him work for
Baltimore took a 2-0 lead in the first. Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy singled
to open the frame before scoring on a Jones double.
The Red Sox countered with a run in the second. Nick Punto walked, moved to
second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Pedro Ciriaco's infield
single. Podsednik followed with single to score Punto.
Reynolds' homer in the home half made it 3-1.
The Red Sox added a pair in the fifth and three in the sixth.
In the fifth, Crawford singled and Pedroia followed with a double to put
runners at second and third. A wild pitch allowed Crawford to score and Adrian
Gonzalez's sacrifice fly plated Pedroia.
"After we scored those runs I tried to keep the momentum on our side," Tillman
said. "It was just one of those nights where I had to battle every inning. It
was a huge momentum game I was trying to keep it in our dugout but I kept our
guys on the field too long."
In the sixth Podsednik ripped a double down the left-field line and Crawford
singled, then stole second to put runners on second and third. Three straight
RBI singles from Pedroia, Gonzalez and Cody Ross put Boston up 6-3.
"We could have easily came out tonight and played flat again tonight," Ross
said. "There are too many guys in here that have been around long enough to
know what we have to do, and bring that intensity on a nightly basis, and
tonight was a perfect example of that."
Buchholz hasn't lost since July 14 and has won his last three decisions.
Buchholz has also gone at least seven innings in six consecutive starts ...
Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 11 games ... Baltimore has been out hit
in seven of 10 games on its current homestand, but finished 7-3 ... Prior to
the game the Orioles placed infielder Wilson Betemit on the 15-day disabled
list and recalled infielder Joe Mahoney from Triple-A Norfolk.
08/17 00:40:58 ET