by Wally Booth
Good evening Orioles fans. Wow, just as my frustrations were starting to mount, the O's must have felt my blood pressure boiling and mount an amazing come back at Fenway. This was one of those big early season wins that is a lot bigger than you think. You go from possibly being 3-5 and dropping four in a row to being back to .500 and now a chance to take the series tomorrow in Boston.
The O's scored first in the first inning tonight on a lead off walk by McClouth and then the Red Sox committed their first error of the year on a fly ball that Victorino misplayed allowing McClouth to go to third and Machado to second. Nick Markakis grounded out to drive in the run. The Red Sox scored the next 3 runs with one in the 2nd inning and 2 in the 3rd inning as Jake Arrieta struggled early with his command. He was able to settle down a little and get through 5 innings. The Orioles tied the game in the 4th with some help from the Sox again. Nick Markakis led off the inning with his first home run of the year. Adam Jones singled, and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Matt Wieters then singled, Boston left fielder Jackie Bradley dropped the ball when trying to field it and Adam Jones who had been held up at 3rd was able to score. There was a rain delay after the 5th inning. Tommy Hunter came in for the O's to start the 6th and after striking out the first two gave up back to back home runs to Daniel Nava and Jared Saltalamachia. This has been Tommy Hunter's problem. He gives up the long ball a lot!!! The game stayed at 5-3 until the top of the 9th inning. Chris Davis led off the 9th with a bomb off Boston closer Joel Hanrahan to dead center field for his 5th home run of the year. The next two batters were retired and the O's were down to their final out.
Ryan Flaherty who was 0-17 on the season and was down to two strikes. He was able to poke a single through the hole between 3rd and short to extend the inning. Nolan Reimold walked on four pitches. Nate McClouth battled for a walk after fouling off a very tough slider and then took two very close pitches to draw a walk and load the bases. Joel Hanrahan then threw a wild pitch and Alexi Casilla who ran for Reimold and stole second, scored to tie the game. Manny Machado then crushed one over the monster, a 3 run home run to give the O's a 8-5 lead and a blown save for Hanrahan. Jim Johnson came in to close the door in the ninth and the O's got this much needed win and gives them some momentum into the rubber match tomorrow. What a game.
Before the game the O's traded Luis Ayala to the Braves for LHP Chris Jones, a left handed pitching prospect with a career 24-20 record and a 3.58 era. He was optioned to Bowie and Chris Dickerson was called up to fill the spot on the roster and give the O's some well needed depth on the bench.
Let's hope the O's ride this momentum into tomorrow and get the series victory before heading to the Bronx. Let's Go O's!!!!!
Visit the Orioles Hangout Message Board