In the battle of the relief corps, the second place Orioles bested the Red Sox 6-4 in inning 13.
Neither starting pitcher was impressive tonight. Bruce Chen for the O's got tagged for 4 runs over 5 innings. Lester wasn't dominant either, although he wasn't exactly awful, surrendering 3 runs over 6. He also walked 3 batters and gave up a home run to Reynolds.
But it was the relief pitching that made the difference tonight. For the Red Sox, Padilla, Albers, Hill and Aceves combined for 5 2/3 of 3 hit ball (with Padilla surrendering ta run). Aceves was the hero of this group, however, striking out 6 of the 10 batters he faced. He was on-point tonight.
Unfortunately, Franklin Morales wasn't, giving up the deciding 2 runs in the 13th.
If it wasn't Morales it was going to be somebody else, because the Red Sox bats were a no-show, yet again. Once Chen left the game, they amassed a whopping 3 hits over 8 innings. Gonzalez (FINALLY!) had a nice game at the plate with 3 hits in his 6 at-bats. Pedroia went 2-5 with an RBI. Middlebrooks, Ross and Sweeney got the other 3 hits, with Ross and Ortiz each notching an RBI.
Not a great night of baseball for Boston, and they head into tomorrow's 1pm game with a burned out bullpen. So that should be fun.