September 18, 2013

G153: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3 (12)

Orioles - 000 021 000 002 - 5 10  0
Red Sox - 200 001 000 000 - 3 15  0
Chris Davis's two-run, bases-loaded single in the twelfth postponed the Red Sox's playoff-spot celebration. Boston's magic number for making the postseason is one and its magic number for clinching the AL East remains at three.

Franklin Morales allowed one-out singles to J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts in the twelfth. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, and pinch-hitter Steve Pearce was walked intentionally. Manny Machado fouled out to first before Davis delivered his big hit.

The Red Sox put the leadoff man on base in the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth innings, but moved only one of them as far as second base. (Boston also failed to score back in the third inning after loading the bases with none out. Mike Napoli lined to shortstop and Jonny Gomes tapped into a 1-2-3 double play, one of four DPs turned by the Orioles.)

The night began with David Ortiz belting a long two-run home run to right field. Jake Peavy (7-6-3-1-8, 113) struck out four of the first five batters, and did not allow a hit through the first four innings.

However, Baltimore struck for three runs and six hits over the next two frames. Matt Wieters and Roberts hit run-scoring doubles in the fifth and Wieters added another RBI-double in the sixth.

Napoli tied the score with a home run to dead center to begin the home half of the sixth.

Will Middlebrooks had three singles and an intentional walk. Shane Victorino also had three hits.
Wei-Yin Chen / Jake Peavy

A playoff berth can be clinched tonight, if Boston wins and Kansas City beats Cleveland. The Magic # to clinch the AL East is 3. The second-place Rays (9 GB) play the Rangers at the Trop.

Peavy has allowed more than three runs only once in his last six starts (2.95 ERA).
Pedroia, 2B
Victorino, CF
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Gomes, LF
Nava, RF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Drew, SS
Ross, C

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