BALTIMORE -- In his first game back in a week, Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron (abdominal tear) made it through 11 grueling innings against the Orioles on Sunday without any setbacks.
In fact, he played well in all aspects of the game.
With the Sox trailing by a run in the top of the ninth, he led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Darnell McDonald before reaching third on a base hit by Marco Scutaro. Cameron then scored the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Pedroia.
On the defensive end, Cameron made a spectacular catch with two outs and the potential winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. The Orioles’ Luke Scott crushed a ball to deep center field, but Cameron turned on the jets and made an over-the-shoulder grab on the warning track to end the threat.
“That was a great catch. He looked really healthy,” said manager Terry Francona. “I know he’s feeling it a bit and we kept checking with him as the game went on, but he went and got that ball pretty well.”
Cameron was not affected by his five-game hiatus and that catch proved it.
“Just had to try to make a play on it,” he said. “I knew I was getting close to the wall, but the ball was high enough where I had time to kind of make a decision on what I was going to do. I guess I shouldn’t say that, because it’s all just reaction when you’re out there playing.”
Even though he was happy with his performance, his return was bittersweet.
“We lost,” he said. “It was good to get out there and play. [My performance] helped us in a sense, but at the same time we lost the game.”
Cameron said he doesn’t know whether he’ll be in the lineup Monday in Cleveland.