September 27, 2013

G160: Red Sox 12, Orioles 3

Red Sox - 503 000 031 - 12 16  0
Orioles - 002 001 000 -  3  8  0
Boston jumped out to a big lead, with Daniel Nava's three-run homer being the big blow in the first inning.

David Ortiz hit his 30th home run of the season, a three-run bomb in the eighth. ... Clay Buchholz: 7-7-3-0-4, 113. ... Dustin Pedroia and Jonny Gomes each had three hits. ... Gomes also scored three runs.

Koji Uehara pitched the ninth and recorded his 100th strikeout of the season. With only nine walks, he could become the first pitcher in baseball history to total 100+ whiffs and walk fewer than 10 batters.
Clay Buchholz / Scott Feldman
Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Gomes, LF
Saltalamacchia, C
Drew, SS
Middlebrooks, 3B
Peter Abraham of the Globe notes that the Red Sox will finish the 2013 season without a losing streak longer than three games. The last Red Sox team to finish the season without a 4+-game losing streak? 1903!

AL's Best Record/Home Field Advantage
           W-L    GB   Schedule
Boston    96-63  ---   at Orioles (3)
Oakland   94-65  2.0   at Mariners (3)

Also, it's a two-man race in the 2013 W-L contest:
                W-L    Lackey ERA    JBJ PA
Justin M       99-63      2.81        500
Chris S        97-65      4.00        300
Ian R          97-65      4.35        220
Lackey's ERA is 3.52, so Ian R would lose Tiebreaker A. ... The Red Sox have to go 3-0 or 1-2 against Baltimore to produce a winner. If they finish 2-1, we'll move the prize to an ALDS contest.

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