BOSTON (AP) _ Ronny Paulino ended a hitless night with an RBI
single in the 10th inning to drive in the go-ahead run and the
Baltimore Orioles hung on for an 8-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on
The Orioles recovered from Jim Johnson’s first blown save
opportunity of the season when Jarrod Saltalammachia hit a two-run
homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie it 6-all and
force extra innings.
Instead of getting his 18th save, Johnson (1-0) got his first
win with a perfect 10th inning as Baltimore improved to 4-0 at
Fenway Park this season.
Alfredo Aceves (0-3) walked Mark Reynolds to lead off the 10th
and he advanced to second on a bunt by Steve Pearce, who converted
his second sacrifice of the game and put the go-ahead run in
Paulino had been 0 for 4 before delivering a single to center to
put the Orioles up 7-6. Pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty and Endy Chavez
followed with back-to-back singles to right, the second scoring
Paulino and giving Baltimore an 8-6 lead entering the bottom of the
The Red Sox couldn’t strike twice against Johnson, who had
converted 25 straight save opportunities dating to last season.
The Orioles got five hits in the seventh _ all singles _ and
scored three to go up 6-4.
Boston starter Jon Lester was pulled for Scott Atchison after
Chavez led off the seventh with a single to left. Robert Andino
singled right away off Atchison and J.J. Hardy followed with a
single that scored Chavez and tied the game at 4-all. The Orioles
still had runners at first and second with nobody out when Adam
Jones grounded hard right to Atchison for a potential double play,
but Jones was able to outrun the throw.
Boston intentionally walked Matt Wieters to load the bases with
one out, then Reynolds blooped a single to right to score Andino
and reload the bases for Pearce, who drove his second run with a
single to right to make it 6-4. Matt Albers got out of the jam with
no further damage when Paulino grounded into a double play.
Two of Baltimore’s three runs were charged to Atchison, who had
not allowed a run in a career-high 19 2-3 innings.
Baltimore starter Jason Hammel was pulled after throwing 106
pitches in five innings. He threw 31 in the fifth alone as Boston
took advantage of an error and scored twice to tie the game at 2-2.
Mark Reynolds couldn’t field Daniel Nava’s grounder when it took
a tough hop and was called for an error, which was overturned later
in the game. Mike Aviles followed with a single, then Scott
Podsednik laid down a sacrifice bunt down the first-base line.
Reynolds was charging and fielded it quickly, but his throw to try
to get Nava at third got past Steve Tolleson and the ball rolled
into the photographers’ area out of play.
Aviles scored on Dustin Pedroia’s shallow fly to center to tie
it at 2-all.
Notes: Pedroia returned after missing six games with a thumb
injury … The Orioles swept the Red Sox 3-0 last month in a series
at Boston. … There was a moment of silence before the game in
honor of Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, who was fatally
shot Monday while responding to a domestic call for help. … The
Red Sox optioned RHP Daniel Bard (5-6) to Triple-A Pawtucket
earlier Tuesday. Manager Bobby Valentine said that the club felt
Bard needs to work on his mechanics back in the minors before he
gets another shot at making the Red Sox rotation. … Boston
activated outfielder Darnell McDonald from the 15-day disabled
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