The Orioles secured the series win with a 5-4 win over Boston. Koji Uehara got his first win of the season while Baltimore handed Daniel Bard his third loss. Kevin Gregg got his fourth save of the season.
Jeremy Guthrie got into trouble in the fourth inning when he surrendered a single to David Ortiz and walked J.D. Drew with two outs. Jed Lowrie came through with a single as Boston tried to strike first. However, their attempts were squashed when Nick Markakis gunned Ortiz down at home, trying to score from second base on the Lowrie single. Markakis recorded his third assist of the season, saving the run and ending the inning.
There was a pitchers’ duel through the first 3.5 innings with the game being scoreless until back-to-back homers from Luke Scott and Adam Jones in the bottom of the fourth. Scott went deep as he sent the ball to the flag court, scoring Derrek Lee, who had doubled. Jones got just enough to put the ball over the wall and the head of Carl Crawford for his fifth of the season. Scott’s homer was the first to reach Eutaw St. since September 1, 2009 when he last did it as well.
Boston starter, Josh Beckett’s, struggles continued into the fifth inning as Matt Wieters lead off the inning with a single and Robert Andino followed, bunting for a base hit. Brian Roberts sacrificed flied to give the Orioles an add-on run. Markakis and Lee were retired on grounds out, leaving Andino stranded on third at the end of the inning.
Boston made a comeback in the eighth off the bullpen, getting the first four batters on. Jacoby Ellsbury began the rally with a single and Dustin Pedroia drew a walk. Adrian Gonzalez singles to score Ellsbury while both he and Pedroia came in on a three-run blast by Kevin Youkilis, tying up the game.
The Orioles were able to regain the lead in the bottom of the inning. Markakis and Lee started it off with back-to-back singles. They both took another 90 feet on a wild pitch. On a second wild pitch, Markakis attempted to score but was called out on a close play. Lee, however, took the opportunity to move around to third with heads up base running and scored when Vladimir Guerrero singled up the middle.
Guthrie had another solid outing, working six scoreless innings. He threw his season high in pitches at 111 with 76 of them being for strikes as Guthrie also matched his season high in strikeouts at six. He has allowed two or fewer runs in four out of his five starts.
Coming out of the bullpen in the seventh, Jeremy Accardo retired the side in order on just seven pitches. He stayed on in the beginning of the eighth, giving up a single and a walk before being pulled. Clay Rapada took the mound after to face one batter, allowing a hit. Koji Uehara finished the inning, getting all three of the outs. Kevin Gregg came on for the save and went three up, three down.
Beckett went six innings as well, giving up four runs on seven hits. Tim Wakefield relieved the starter in the seventh. The sinker-baller retired Baltimore in order, including two strikeouts. Daniel Bard took the mound the next inning, giving the O’s their fifth run on three hits.
Lee continued to dominate at the plate, going 3-for-4 on the night with two single and a double. Jones also had a multi-hit game with two hits in his four plate appearances.
Brad Bergesen (0-3) will go against Jon Lester (2-1) in the series finale tomorrow as Baltimore looks for the sweep.