Red Sox 6, Orioles 7: Red Sox rally only to fall in extras

Jim Rogash

The Red Sox produced a big seventh-inning rally, but couldn't hold out forever, falling in twelve innings to the Orioles.

The Red Sox offense produced a furious seventh inning rally to recover from a 6-1 deficit only to fall in the twelfth when Edward Mujica couldn't manage a second scoreless inning of relief.

It was a day of sharp turns for the Red Sox and Orioles alike. The game started as something of a pitcher's duel between Jake Peavy and Kevin Gausman. Peavy managed to work his way out of a bases loaded jam with one out in the first, then retired the side in order in the second and third. Gausman, meanwhile, didn't give up his first hit until Xander Bogaerts flared a single into right in the bottom of the third.

The deadlock would be broken with a challenged play and an error. In the top of the fourth, Nelson Cruz tried to stretch a hit into the left field corner into two bases. The throw from Daniel Nava seemed to arrive in plenty of time, and Cruz was called out, but replay showed that he had actually managed to slide around the tag, leaving him safe at second base. The double would immediately prove costly, with Xander Bogaerts once again making a defensive gaffe by airmailing a routine throw across the diamond into the dugout.

The second run, too, would go to the Orioles, coming in the sixth as Jake Peavy lost command late, hitting Delmon Young, allowing a single to Manny Machado, and then walking Ryan Flaherty before Caleb Joseph produced an RBI sacrifice fly.

The Red Sox would get one back in the bottom half of the inning, David Ortiz singling home Daniel Nava after the latter had taken Brock Holt's place on the basepaths via a fielder's choice. But Boston's new life seemed short lived when the Orioles exploded against Boston's bullpen in the top of the seventh. Three straight hits greeted not just Burke Badenhop, but also his replacement in Junichi Tazawa. It was a nickle-and-dime attack, with none of Baltimore's six hits going for extra bases. But those six singles were still good for four more runs, leaving the Sox staring up at a 6-1 deficit.

For once, though, there was still some fight in the Boston lineup. David Ross started the rally in the bottom half of the inning by launching a solo shot off T.J. McFarland. It would be the first of five straight hits for the Red Sox, and the first of seven in the inning. As with the Orioles, the six remaining hits for the Red Sox were all singles, with Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Brock Holt, Daniel Nava, David Ortiz, and Mike Napoli all contributing to the attack. And as with the Orioles, those six singles were worth four more runs, leaving the Red Sox and Orioles all tied up at 6-6.

That's where the score would stay for quite a while. The teams traded occasional baserunners, with Jackie Bradley Jr. making a leaping grab at the wall in center to save the Sox in the ninth, and Caleb Joseph returning the favor by gunning down Dustin Pedroia trying to steal second with one out in the bottom half. That sent the game to extras, where Koji Uehara and Edward Mujica managed to get the Red Sox into the twelfth while Brad Bach held down the fort for the O's.

That twelfth inning was where it ended. While Mujica had made his way through the eleventh without trouble, David Lough led off the frame with a triple, forcing the Red Sox to bring the infield in against J.J. Hardy, who chopped a ground ball into left field to bring home the go-ahead run. The Red Sox could not stage another rally in the bottom half of the inning, with David Lough again proving the hero by gunning down David Ortiz by a mile as he tried to extend a base hit to left into a double. Five pitches later, Mike Napoli watched strike three sail by, and the game was over.

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