Orioles - 010 001 220 - 6 10 0 Red Sox - 001 210 000 - 4 9 1Beckett was solid through five innings and the Red Sox had a 4-1 lead. Then, Beckett became John Lackey.
Two singles and a stolen base gave Baltimore a run in the sixth. Mark Reynolds's second home run of the night, a two-run job in the seventh, tied the game. And then Beckett left runners on second and third in the eighth for Alfredo Aceves. Vlad Guerrero's single scored them both to complete Beckett's line: 7.1-7-6-1-8, 109.
Carl Crawford tripled and scored in the third, doubled in two runs in the fourth, and singled in the sixth. In his final at-bat, leading off the ninth, he grounded out to second.
Jacoby Ellsbury's single in the third extended his hitting streak against the Orioles to 33 games.
Mike Aviles followed that single by hitting into an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play, but replays showed he easily beat the relay (his foot is on the bag in the shot below) and should have been called safe. Mike Winters's blown call cost the Red Sox a run, as Marco Scutaro was coming home from third on the play. ... Viva la human factor!
Tommy Hunter / Josh Beckett
Ellsbury, CFWith the Yankees beating the Rays 4-2 this afternoon, the Red Sox are one step closer to a playoff spot. Their Wild Card magic number is now 6.
Rays/Yankees at 1 PM and 7 PM.