Manny Ramirez singled to left in the bottom of the tenth to extend his hitting streak to 27 games and when Baltimore left fielder Brian Fahey overran the ball, Gabe Kapler scored the winning run.
Fahey made a bonehead decision in the top of the ninth when he doubled into the left field corner with one out. He tried for a triple. Ramirez dug the ball out and threw to Alex Gonzalez (who tripled into the same corner last night), who fired a perfect relay to Mike Lowell. And Fahey was dead. Jonathan Papelbon got the third out and then set the Orioles down in order in the 10th.
Baltimore held a 7-3 lead in the sixth, but Boston tied the game on a two-out, two-run triple from Wily Mo Pena (who also doubled and homered), followed by a two-run home run to deep left by Doug Mirabelli.
Are you smarter than Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo? Let's see: Tie game, bottom of the 10th, the toughest part of the Red Sox order coming up. Who do you bring in to pitch?
ERA WHIP SV OBA OOB OSLGNeither pitcher worked in Friday's game and the team was off on Thursday. ... Tough choice huh?
Pitcher A 6.80 1.74 0 .337 .387 .593
Pitcher B 3.35 1.03 27 .194 .267 .359
Perlozzo kept Pitcher B (Chris Ray) in the pen (waiting for a save situation?) and went with Pitcher A (Bruce Chen). Nice move, Sam!
More a little later ...
Kris Benson (4.71) / Jason Johnson (5.96), 1:20 PM
Benson has a 13.50 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox (Fenway ERA: 18.69 ERA), including allowing a career-worst nine earned runs in 4.1 innings on May 7. He is 0-4 with a 6.52 ERA in his last five starts. This will be his first appearance since July 25, after which he went on the DL with tendinitis in his right elbow.
Let's pound him like a drum. Manny Ramirez, with a 26-game hitting streak, is batting .818 (9-for-11) against Benson.
Obligatory Lineup Bitch: Coco again #1. Hey, at least Pena is batting ahead of Mirabelli.