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Orioles beat Red Sox, 4-2

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  September 20, 2010 07:17 PM

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Game over: Orioles 4, Red Sox 2

Sox go down in order in the 9th before 37,560, the 626th sellout at Fenway. Good night, folks.

Top 8th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 2

Hideki Okajima is saying hello when it's time to say good-bye. But he's now strung together 9.1 scoreless innings in his last 11 outings.

Top 7th: Orioles 4, Red Sox 2

Dice-K left with one out and runners at second and third after walking Roberts and allowing a double to left to Markakis. Daniel Bard allowed a Ty Wigginton sac fly. Scott then singled to right on a breaking ball. Dice-K's line: 6-1/3 IP, 6H, 4R, 5BB, 4K's. He threw 109 pitches.

Bottom 6th, Orioles 2, Red Sox 2

Sox tied it with Bill Hall's RBI single to right. The inning ended strangely when Varitek struck out on a 3-2 pitch and Lowrie was caught on the front end of a double-steal attempt on a 2-6-2.

Top 6: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1

Dice-K has been throwing strikes and good things happen when that occurs. Varitek does a great job keeping him focused. He threw a 1-2-3 sixth and has thrown 92 pitches. Good for one more at least. Meanwhile, the Sox may have caught a break with Matusz out after five innings having thrown 101 pitches. David Hernandez is on to pitch the bottom of the sixth.

Top 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1

Dice-K walked his third batter (Wieters) and also allowed a single to Felix Pie. Then it got a tad wild. A ground ball to first by Cesar Izturis resulted in first baseman Victor Martinez making a high and wide throw to second in an attempt to nail the runner at second. A run scored. Bill Hall picked up the errant throw in left and nailed Pie trying to get to third, Hall's second assist in as many innings.

Top 3rd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1

Dice-K issued a leadoff walk to Brian Roberts, but Marco Scutaro robbed Markakis of a hit with a sliding stop and threw out Markakais at first with Roberts moving to second. Dice-K had Wigginton fishing for a changeup in the dirt for strike three. Scott singled through the SS hole but Bill Hall fielded the ball and came up firing to the plate where Varitek made the catch a little to his left and turned to his right to make the tag on a sliding Roberts for the third out.

Bottom 1st: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1

The Red Sox evend the score against Brian Matusz as the first three batters reached base. Victor Martinez, hitting .393 vs. lefties stroked a single to right scoring Marco Scutaro (walk). Darnell McDonald also singled after Scutaro. Matusz had a similar inning to Dice-K in which he struggled early and then minimized the damage.

Top 1st: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0

We're underway here at Fenway on a cool, cool night at the ancient ballyard. The O's scored their first run off Dice-K on Luke Scott's sac fly after Brian Roberts singled, Nick Markakis walked. Roberts tagged up and went to third on Ty Wigginton's fly to center before Scott's flyball brought in the first run. Wieters flew out deep to right to end the threat. They call it minimizing the damage.

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