Red Sox - 020 001 350 - 11 17 0After six innings of back-and-forth lead changes, the Red Sox scored eight runs in the space of 15 batters in the late innings.
Orioles - 110 100 002 - 5 12 1
J.D. Drew drove in four of those eight runs; three of them came on his 21st home run of the year in the eighth. Brian Anderson followed that dong with one of his own. David Ortiz had two doubles, Mike Lowell went 3-for-4, and Josh Reddick hit his second major league home run in the second.
Lester (6-10-3-0-4, 102) was not sharp, giving up a run on a double and two singles to start the Baltimore first, and allowing solo homers to Ty Wigginton and Melvin Mora -- each of which lead off an inning. Manny Delcarmen allowed consecutive shots to Wigginton and Felix Pie to begin the ninth.
Jon Lester (3.29, 143 ERA+) / David Hernandez (5.40, 86 ERA+)
Amalie Benjamin, Globe:
On Sept. 6, Jon Lester allowed the Chicago White Sox no runs in seven innings. Since then, Red Sox starters have allowed three runs or fewer in 11 straight games, their longest such streak since they reeled off 12 in June 2006. The Sox are 9-2 over the span, a stretch during which they seized control of the American League wild-card race.
Angels/Rangers at 7 and Yankees/Mariners at 10.