Orioles - 002 001 300 2 - 8 15 1 Red Sox - 000 022 002 0 - 6 11 1Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit an opposite field, game-tying home run over the Wall with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Alfredo Aceves, working in his second inning, walked the leadoff man in the tenth and allowed three consecutive singles, as the Orioles scored twice and won the first game of a three-game series.
Boston trailed and rallied to tie the game or take the lead a total of three times, but they could not muster a fourth, going down in order in the bottom of the tenth.
Both Salty and Mike Aviles had three hits; Daniel Nava scored two runs. Scott Podsednik was on base four times, with two singles, a walk and a ROE. ... The bigger bats in the lineup - Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis - went 1-for-17.
Lester (6-8-4-1-5, 99) had a forgettable outing; two of the four runs he allowed were unearned. The trio of Scott Atchison, Matt Albers, and Aceves allowed seven hits and four runs in four innings.
The Red Sox (28-27) are back in fifth place in the AL East.
Podsednik, CFBased on each team's runs scored and runs allowed, here is what you would expect the AL East standings to look like today:
W L GB RS RA DIFF ACTUAL / GB Yankees 29 24 --- 249 226 + 23 29-24 1.5 Red Sox 29 25 0.5 283 261 + 22 28-26 3.0 Blue Jays 29 25 0.5 260 238 + 22 28-26 3.0 Rays 29 25 0.5 230 212 + 18 31-23 --- Orioles 27 27 2.0 236 236 + 0 30-24 1.0Tonight: Rays/Yankees, Blue Jays/White Sox