Quick hits: Sox 7, Orioles 6

April, 24, 2010
4/24/10
10:35
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BOSTON -- Quick hits on the Red Sox's 7-6 win:

* Sox won on six-run seventh, their biggest inning of the season.

* Orioles are pathetic.

* Sox did not have a three-run home run before Saturday night. They hit two in the seventh inning. Marco Scutaro hit the first off reliever Matt Albers to wipe out 3-1 deficit. Then, after a double by Dustin Pedroia and a walk to Victor Martinez, Kevin Youkilis unloaded off reliever Kam Mickolio.

* Orioles are pathetic.

* John Lackey raised his record to 2-1. He gave up 10 hits and walked two while allowing two earned runs in seven innings. Lackey did not have a 1-2-3 inning and gave up a home run to Ty Wigginton, but after four straight hits in the second, he was tough with men on base.

* Orioles are pathetic.

* Winning rally began when Bill Hall, down 0-and-2 in the count, worked a walk off Orioles rookie left-hander Brian Matusz, who had kept the Sox off balance all night with a terrific changeup. Jeremy Hermida followed with a base hit, Orioles manager Dave Trembley went to his bullpen, and Albers got off to a good start by whiffing pinch hitter David Ortiz on a full count. But then Scutaro hit the next pitch into the first row of the Monster seats, and the comeback was on.

* Orioles are pathetic.

* You have to be pathetic to have a season-high 17 hits, have runners on base in every inning, leave 11 men on, and lose again, falling to 2-16, 1-6 in one-run games.

* The Orioles made a run at the Sox in the ninth, when Adam Jones homered off Ramon Ramirez and Nick Markakis followed with a double. Terry Francona summoned closer Jonathan Papelbon, who didn’t awaken to the possibility of blowing this one until he’d given up three straight singles, drawing the Orioles to within 7-6.

That’s when he blew away Wigginton on a swinging third-strike fastball and got rookie Rhyne Hughes, summoned from Triple-A earlier in the day, to chase a third-strike splitter.

The Sox are now 8-10, just 2 games under .500, with Tim Wakefield scheduled to face the Orioles Sunday afternoon. The Sox are 18-2 in their last 20 games against the Birds.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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