The Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 tonight, with Vlad Guererro knocking in the winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the 8th.
Jeremy Guthrie was outstanding in his 6 innings of work, and left the game with a 4-0 lead. Boston would tie the game with a 4 run 8th inning, highlighted by a Youkilis 3 run homer.
Kevin Gregg closed out the 9th inning for his 4th save.
The O's move to 10-12 overall. Boston falls to 10-13, and a 1/2 game behind Baltimore. With the victory, the Orioles win the series against the Red Sox, and are guranteed of finishing April with a .500 record against their American League East foes.
1) In the 1st inning, Boston was able to get two runners in scoring position with one out, but Guthrie was able to end the inning with no runners crossing the plate. The strikeout of Youkilis was huge. In the 2nd Guthrie got Crawford to hit into an inning ending double-play. In the 3rd, the O's right-hander would strike out the side. The 5th ended with Guthrie saving a run by catching a liner from Pedroia. You can call it 'luck' but Guthrie is always in proper position to field the ball.
1a) Guthrie would finish the night having pitched 6 innings, allowing 7 hits, 0 er, 1 bb, with 6 k's. That means in four of his five starts, Guthrie has pitched at-least 6 innings and allowed 2 er or less. He had 111 pitches, throwing 76 for strikes.
2) The third out of the 1st came from Andino ranging into no man's land in LF. That ball could have easily fallen in, had Andino not covered a lot of distance to make the play. In the 5th, Andino was able to reach base on a bunt.
3) In the 4th, Jones quickly got to Ortiz's drive in the alley and limited the Boston DH to a single. Jones would later add his 5th homer, and a double.
4) Boston paid for their ridiculous decision of allowing Ortiz to test Markakis' arm. I knew before Markakis had the ball in his hand, that Ortiz would be out if he attempted to head home.
5) Scott's HR was absolutely destroyed. He dropped the barrel of the bat through the zone, and took Beckett for a ride to Eutaw Street.
6) After Wieters advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, Roberts would knock him in for the O's 4th run of the night with a sac-fly to RF.
7) Regardless of the result, I'm glad Showalter got Uehara into the game in the 8th.
8) After seeing Boston score 4 times in the Top of the 8th, the O's answered in the bottom of the inning. Markakis and Lee started the inning with back-to-back singles. They would advance on a Varitek passed ball. On a second passed ball, Markakis attempted to score, but was throw out at the plate. With 1 out, Guererro would give the O's their third consecutive hit of the inning, and the 5-4 lead with his RBI single to CF.
9) Gregg came in for the 9th, and for the second time in two nights earned the save. As I said last night, I think the most important thing he did was get the first hitter he faced.
1) Guthrie allowed the lead-off runners to reach base in the 1st, and 2nd. After Ortiz singled in the 4th, the Drew ab got away from Guthrie.
2) In the 4th, Lee was sawed-off against an 89mph 3-1 change-up from Beckett. The ball would fall in-between 3 Boston defensive players and Lee was able to make it into 2nd base. I placed this here because the replay showed Lee was not running full-out down the 1st base line. Due to that, when the ball fell in and Lee ran towards 2nd, the play was closer than it should have been.
3) Markakis and Lee both batted in the 5th with Andino on 3rd, and were not able to bring him in for the O's 5th run. In the 6th Jones would reach 2nd with a 2 out double, but Reynolds would strike out. As the Top of the 8th would show, you have to add on runs against a team like Boston when you can.
4) Accardo had an effective 7th, but ran into trouble in the 8th. You can live with the Ellsbury single, but with a 4 run lead (and needing 6 outs to win) the walk to Pedroia was not acceptable.
5) Rapada did not help himself by geting behind Gonzalez 3-0.
6) After the Youkilis homer, Uehara would get Ortiz to pop-out and then walk Drew. Uehara has now walked 4 in his 7.2 innings of work this year.
1) The Top of the 8th was obviously ugly for the O's. Baltimore needed 6 outs before Boston scored four runs. Before the O's could record 1 out to start the inning, the game was tied.
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