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Red Sox hold off Orioles, 6-4

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  September 2, 2010 07:13 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 6, Orioles 4

Jonathan Papelbon allowed two singled but struck out Cesar Izturis and Josh Bell to earn his 35th save. Dice-K gets the win

Top 7th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 4

Sox were fortunate to get an insurance run here. It was failure of the Orioles to complete a 5-4-3 double-play which enabled Ortiz to score the sixth Sox run. Ortiz walked and Beltre was hit with a pitch. After Lowrie flied out deep to right center advancing Ortiz to third, Lowell grounded to third baseman Bell, who threw to Brian Roberts, who made the pivot and unleashed a one-hop throw to Wigginton at first. Wigginton couldn't come up with the one-hopper as Lowell, who took an eternity down the line, was safe as the run scored.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 4

Dice-K touched up for four runs in the sixth. He allowed an infield hit to Josh Bell, a double by Brian Roberts and an RBI single by Markakis. Wigginton then hit one back at Dice-K, who recovered to pick up the ball and make the play at first, but the second run scored. Dice-K surrendered his first walk to Luke Scott, struck out Felix Pie, but then left a slider over the plate to Wieters, who drove it to the left center fence scoring two. That was Dice-K's last batter. On now is Scott Atchison.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0

Bergeson got the hook from Buck Showalter after 112 pitches. Bergeson allowed a one-out single to J.D. Drew, now 2-for-4 in the game, with one out.

Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0

Brad Bergesen is trying to pull a Jon Lester from last night where he was touched up early and then settled in. Dice-K, meanwhile, is tricking hitters with his change-up. He allowed a double to Markakis (No. 41 on the season) and a double to Matt Wieters here in the fifth with one out.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0

Daisuke Matsuzaka has pitched to the minimum nine batters so far. There was an error by Mike Lowell at first base on a Luke Scott grounder in the second inning but that was eliminated by a Felix Pie double-play. Dice-K has allowed four earned runs in three of his last four starts and four of his last five. He has two strikeouts through three innings.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0

The hits just keep on coming. David Ortiz broke the shift with a two-run single to left field with two outs. Ortiz was 1-for-9 in the series before the hit. Beltre struck out in his second at-bat of the inning to end the inning. Of the five runs, three were unearned.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 3, Orioles 0

Sox score two more when Daniel Nava's grounder to first was mishandled by Ty Wigginton, who tried to backhand rather than get in front of it. Jed Lowrie and Mike Lowell had reached against Brad Bergesen. Ryan Kalish followed with a double into the rightfield corner scoring one run with Nava stopping at third.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0

Adrian Beltre smacked his 25th homer on the the first pitch from Brad Bergesen in the second inning, a 378-foot shot. Fifty-one percent of the runs scored against the Orioles have come via the long ball. The pitch was a 2-seam fastball.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0

Daisuke Matsuzaka has taken the mound in the first after Boston couldn't take advantage of a walk and infield hit in the top of the first. It's pretty hot and steamy, though the lowest game time temp we've had at 88 degrees.

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