Orioles - 101 001 100 - 4 9 2Byrd was Byrdesque (7-7-4-1-4, 84) and the Red Sox (finally) broke through against Olson in the sixth for some breathing room.
Red Sox - 020 004 01x - 7 8 0
Byrd allowed three home runs -- Adam Jones in the 1st, Juan Castro in the 2nd, and Kevin Millar in the 7th -- but they were all solo shots. Beyond those, he allowed only one Baltimore baserunner past second, when he got Luke Scott on a fly out with the bases loaded to end the sixth.
Olson walked the bases loaded in the first, but escaped trouble. Boston got two runs in the 2nd on back-to-back home runs from Jason Varitek and Jeff Bailey. Then the Red Sox, trailing 3-2 in the sixth, batted around against two Orioles pitchers.
After Kevin Youkilis lined to left, Jason Bay hit a ground-rule double to right-center. Jed Lowrie's double to left scored bay to tie the game. Varitek grounded to short, but Bailey walked and Coco Crisp knocked a single to center, scoring Lowrie. Jacoby Ellsbury's infield single behind second loaded the bases. Dustin Pedroia singled down the right field line and two more runs scored. After David Ortiz was walked intentionally, Yook hit into a fielder's choice.
The Red Sox got another run on a bases-loaded walk in the eighth. The run was scored by Pedroia, who had his AL-leading 54th multi-hit game of the season.
After two strikeouts in the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon allowed singles to Millar and Jay Payton -- and a Varitek passed ball moved the runners to second and third. Pinch-hitter Oscar Salazar battled Bot through an eight-pitch at-bat, but grounded to FY to end it.
Also: Cleveland beat the White Sox 5-0, dropping Chicago into a tie with Minnesota in the Central. Both teams are 77-60, 3 GB the Red Sox in the WC. ... And in a game with no playoff implications whatsoever, New York beat Detroit 13-9.
Garrett Olson (6.38, 69 ERA+) / Paul Byrd (4.55, 97 ERA+)
Out-of-Town: Yankees/Tigers at 1 and White Sox/Spiders at 7. Rays and Twins are off.