Orioles - 201 021 100 - 7 10 2 Red Sox - 000 005 102 - 8 15 0It was like a doubleheader. In Game 1, Matsuzaka was demoralizing (4.1-5-5-7-2, 106) while Tillman handcuffed the Sox (5-5-0-3-2, 88). In the middle of the sixth, Baltimore led 6-0.
Then Buck Showalter went to his bullpen and Game 2 began.
The Red Sox immediately torched three relievers for five runs, closed the gap to one run again in the seventh, and, after wasting a prime scoring opportunity in the eighth, won the game when Adrian Gonzalez drove a two-run double off the Wall with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Deep down in Florida, the Rays beat the Yankees 6-5, so Boston (21-20) is now in a three-team tie for second place with Toronto (21-20) and New York (20-19).
Red Sox 6th: Orioles 6-0, M Gonzalez pitching. Drew singled, took second on LF error. Lowrie doubled, 1-6. Crawford safe on 3B error. Varitek singled (7 pitches), 2-6. Ellsbury lined out to LF. Accardo pitching. Pedroia flied out to CF. Gonzalez singled, 3-6. Youkilis doubled, 5-6. Rapada pitching. Ortiz walked. Drew grounded out to 2B.
Red Sox 7th: Orioles 7-5, Johnson pitching. Lowrie tripled (8 pitches). Crawford K. Varitek singled, 6-7. Ellsbury singled. Pedroia lined out to LF. Gonzalez K.
Red Sox 8th: Orioles 7-6, Uehara pitching. Youkilis doubled. Ortiz grounded out to 2B. Drew BBI. Lowrie K. Crawford popped out to 2B.
Red Sox 9th: Orioles 7-6, Gregg pitching. Varitek flied out to LF. Ellsbury singled. Ellsbury stole second. Pedroia walked (9 pitches). Gonzalez doubled, 8-7.
Chris Tillman / Daisuke Matsuzaka
And now ... how about one game over .500, please!
Jerry Remy will be on NESN for the first time since April 26.
Only one Red Sock has more than two plate appearances against Tillman. Carl Crawford is 6-for-12, with a double and two triples. Here is what the Os have done against Dice.
AL East: Yankees/Rays at 6:30 PM and Blue Jays/Tigers at 7 PM.