It seems like the Red Sox haven't beaten the Orioles in forever. Clay Buchholz and the Sox bats hoped to take care of that last night. Clay continued his season of struggle, however the Sox bats were able to continue to chip away at the lead and then birthday boy Andrew Miller was able to get the win!
Clay Buchholz had two quick 1-2-3 innings and seemed to be on his way to an easy outing. However, the 3rd inning wouldn't go as smoothly. This is how the 3rd inning went: Single, walk, single, walk, single, walk. Clay still not had gotten an out. He next got Andrew Jones to ground into a double play and another run scored. I'll take two outs for a run anyday especially when it seemed like Clay was never going to record an out in the inning. Clay got the 3rd out, but the damage had been done, the O's scored 4 runs in that inning. Clay gave up a solo HR to Davis in the 4th inning as well, however after that he seemed to settle down. Clay pitched into the 6th inning. Clay's line for the night was 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 2 Ks. While it can not be called a good outing, I am impressed how deep he went into the game given that I wanted him pulled in the middle of the 3rd.
Luckily, the Sox bats also got to Tommy Hunter. Sox scored two quick runs in the 3rd inning with an Aviles single and a Pedroia sac fly. Sox 2-0. After the O's scored their 5 runs, the Sox slowly crawled back. In the 6th, the Sox ended up tying the game. They got one run with a TOWERING homerun from David Ortiz. Sox 3-5. The Sox scored another run on a Nava sac fly and then scored the tying run when Middlebrooks was dancing on 3B and Hunter got called for a balk. Game tied! It's nice to have a balk called and it not be against us. In the 7th inning, the Sox bats took the lead when they got to old nemesis Kevin Gregg. Gonzo scored the go ahead run on a sac fly. Sox 6-5. Then the Sox added on a run with a Middlebrooks single. Sox 7-5. The Sox added one more run in the 8th with a Pedey RBi single. Sox 8-5.
Andrew Miller took the mound in relief of Clay Buchholz. It was Miller's birthday and for a present he ended up getting the win. Miller pitched 1.2 innings and looked tremendous. He had two Ks and ZERO walks. Miller was replaced in the 8th with Rich Hill who had himself some struggle on the mound. Hill pitched 0.1 of an inning and gave up 3 hits and an RBI hit to Orioles birthday boy Matt Wieters. Sox 8-6. Padilla came in with one out and runners at 2nd and 3rd. Padilla had not allowed the last 13 inherited runners to score and had a challenge ahead of him. Padilla got the job done with getting Betemit to fly out to shallow left and getting Nick Johnson to strike out to end the inning. Padilla is a bad bad man....in a very good way. Aceves came out to get the 9th and continued to look like a closer. He had himself a 1-2-3 9th for his 10th save of the season.
Red Sox win. Yankees lose. We're at 500 ball again and now tied for 4th with the Yankees in the AL East. We may still be in the basement, but we have company.
Red Sox 8 Orioles 6 BOXSCORE
WP: Miller (1-0) LP: Gregg (2-2) SV: Aceves (10)