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Oct 18, 2012 10:25pm
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BOSTON —The Baltimore Orioles ended a successful road trip with a wasted
opportunity to climb into a tie for the AL East lead. Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey . When Ryan Flaherty
struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Sunday, the Red Sox had a
2-1 win and the Orioles headed home after going 6-3 on the journey to Oakland,
Seattle and Boston. “We needed this one. Obviously, going down to this last
stretch every game is looked at as a must win,” Adam Jones said. “We had a good
road trip. We really, really wanted this one to finish off the road trip, but it
happens.” The Orioles remained one game behind the New York Yankees and lead
Oakland by one game for the top wild-card spot in the league. The Athletics beat
the Yankees 5-4. The Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak—and ended the
Orioles six-game winning streak—but are trying to finish out of the division
cellar with their first losing record since 1997. “Coming to Boston, take two
out of three, I dont care what kind of team were playing or how were playing,”
Baltimores Mark Reynolds said. “Its always big and we keep wining series and
well see where were at here in a week or two.” The Orioles almost completed a
three-game sweep after Cody Ross doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth. They
loaded the bases with one out against Andrew Bailey on a single by Reynolds, a
ground-rule double by pinch-hitter Jim Thome and an intentional walk to
Chris Davis. But Bostons closer got Manny Machado to ground into a forceout at
home, then struck out Ryan Flaherty to nail down his sixth save in eight
opportunities. “I like to work fast, but sometimes I work too quickly and get
ahead of myself,” Bailey said. “Today I was able to slow myself down and make
the pitches when I needed to.” The decisive run came in when Dustin Pedroia led
off the eighth with a double against Luis Ayala (5-5) and Ross followed with his
tiebreaking hit. In the first inning, Ross reached over the short right field
wall near Peskys Pole in the corner to take a home run away from Jones. “I didnt
really know where I was, actually. I thought that the ball was in front of the
pole after I had caught it,” Ross said. “I ran in and somebody was like You just
robbed a home run. I was like I did? All right. Cool.” Junichi Tazawa (1-1)
pitched a perfect eighth before the Orioles rally fell short. Baltimore dropped
to 27-9 in one-run games. Boston starter Felix Doubront struck out 11 in seven
innings, including three each against Robert Andino and Reynolds. Andino
returned after being hit in the helmet with a pitch on Friday night. With the
pitchers mound in the sun and home plate in shadow until later in the game,
hitters had a tough time picking up pitches, especially from a lefty. “It was
tough. Guys were trying sunglasses, no sunglasses, light lens, dark lens,”
Reynolds said. “Both teams were playing in the same conditions. Its probably why
the score was 2-1.” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter thought plate umpire Al
Porters vision might not have been perfect either. He said Matt Wieters, who led
off the ninth by grounding out, should have walked had Porter not called a pitch
a strike. “Wieters really walked and we would have scored a run,” Showalter
said, “but, unfortunately, we werent the only ones having trouble seeing the
baseball, it looks like.” After Ross drove in the go-ahead run, Brian Matusz
retired Mauro Gomez on a fly ball before highly touted prospect Dylan Bundy made
his major league debut with one out and retired both batters he faced on fly
balls. Chosen fourth in last year draft, the 19-year-old right-hander was 9-3
with a 2.08 ERA in the minors this year before being called up from Double-A
Bowie on Wednesday. “I was nervous at first,” Bundy said. “I was hoping to get
an inning, but getting those first two outs, that inspires me a little bit and,
hopefully, the next time I wont be as nervous.” Doubront allowed one run on four
hits with two walks in his second straight solid start after losing his previous
five decisions. The Red Sox scored the first run in the fourth when Ross led off
with a single and took second on a walk to James Loney. With one out,
Danny Valencia grounded to shortstop J.J. Hardy, who threw to second for the
first out, but Andinos relay into the dirt eluded Reynolds at first base. Ross
scored from second, sliding ahead of the attempted tag by Wieters. Doubront held
the Orioles hitless through four innings and gave up hits to the first three
batters in the fifth. Lew Ford singled, took third on a double by Davis and
scored on a single by Machado. NOTES: The Red Sox held a postgame ceremony for