Rapid Reaction: Orioles 7, Red Sox 6

July, 6, 2014

BOSTON -- The Red Sox were scheduled to picnic with their families after Sunday’s game. Let’s hope they were planning to use plastic utensils.

A season of abject frustration took another terrible turn Sunday when the Sox rallied from a 6-1 deficit with five runs in the seventh, only to lose in 12 innings, 7-6, to the Baltimore Orioles, dropping them a season-low 10 games under .500 and nine games behind the first-place O’s.

Orioles left fielder David Lough, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the seventh, tripled past center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to open the 12th off reliever Edward Mujica, Boston’s sixth pitcher of the afternoon. J.J. Hardy then punched a ground-ball single through a drawn-in infield for the deciding run.

Lough also made a key defensive play in the bottom of the inning, throwing out David Ortiz at second as the Sox DH tried to stretch a single into a double. Ortiz’s misguided base-running decision ruined a day in which he had four hits and a walk.

The game lasted 5 hours and 5 minutes.

Wowzer: The Sox have overcome five-run deficits twice before this season to win. Their seven hits in the seventh were their most in any inning this season. The five straight hits also were the most in an inning by the Sox in 2014.

Ross goes geometric: David Ross began the seventh inning with a home run into the center-field triangle. He has hit home runs in three of his last five starts.

Bogie busts out: Xander Bogaerts singled home a run in the seventh, his first RBI since June 17. He came into Sunday’s game 2-for-50 (.040) since that time. This was his first multihit game in 23 games since June 7; he came into Sunday’s game 6-for-81 since then.

Joltin’ Jackie B.: Bradley threw out Manny Machado at the plate to complete a double play that ended Baltimore’s four-run rally in the top of the seventh. He also singled and scored in the seventh, singled in the eighth and drew an 11-pitch walk in the fifth. Best of all, he made what at the time was a game-saving catch of Machado’s drive to the wall, leaping to glove the ball before colliding into the wall.

Peavy more than passable: Jake Peavy still has just one win this season, but held the Orioles to two runs (one earned) in six innings.

K-K-K-K: Stephen Drew, who homered in both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader, struck out in four consecutive plate appearances Sunday, including for the first and third outs in the seventh inning.

Butter busted: Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield was ejected in the seventh by second base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. An explanation would have to wait till after the game. Butterfield may have been arguing that Orioles reliever Ryan Webb was balking.

The bad in Badenhop: Reliever Burke Badenhop, a usually reliable presence in the Sox bullpen, had a rough weekend. He was charged with three runs on a yield of three hits in a third of an inning Sunday, after giving up two runs on three hits without retiring a batter Saturday.

Cruz control: Nelson Cruz singled and doubled in his first two ABs Sunday, giving the Orioles DH seven straight hits after going 5-for-5 in Saturday’s nightcap. He flied out to end the fifth, but had an RBI single in Baltimore’s four-run seventh.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com



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