BOSTON - For much of the night, the Red Sox were unable to come with the big hit when they needed it, stranding six runners in the first five innings, including two at third.
Then in the final two innings, they broke through, capped by an opposite-field bloop single to left field by pinch-hitter Mike Carp, which
scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had doubled, broke a tie and delivered the Red Sox a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Koji Uehara closed it out with his 14th save.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Red Sox went to work against the Baltimore bullpen.
A leadoff double to right by Stephen Drew and an infield single by Jacoby Ellsbury set the stage for the Sox to tie it and Dustin Pedroia
rifled a two-run single to center.
Shane Victorino, who had a career-high seven RBI Tuesday night, delivered another with a single to center, scoring Stephen Drew with
Boston's first run of the night and ending the possibility that John Lackey would again be on the mound when the Sox are shutout.
Lackey allowed two homers among his seven hits, but both came with the bases empty. Of the five runs allowed by Lackey in his last two
starts, four have come on homers.
Chris Davis led off the sixth with a blast into the bleachers for his 47th homer of the season.
In the third, Saltalamacchia had just finished throwing out Brian Roberts attempting to steal third when Manny Machado hit one over
everything in left to give the O's a 2-0 lead.
Davis had also knocked in the first run of the night with a double into the right field corner, scoring Machado in the first.
STAR OF THE GAME: Dustin Pedroia
Pedroia was on base three times with two walks, and most importantly, a tying two-run single in the bottom of the seventh that helped set
up the winner an inning later.
HONORABLE MENTION: Mike Carp
It's not easy to pinch-hit, and it's even harder when the opposing pitcher (Tommy Hunter) is throwing in the mid- to high 90s. It wasn't exactly a rope, but the opposite-field bloop single fell into left and scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia with the winning run.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Francisco Rodriguez
Rodriguez, one of two pickups by GM Dan Duquette for his pitching staff (starter Bud Norris was the other), got out of a jam in the sixth when, with one pitch, he got an inning-ending double-play. But in the seventh, he faced three hitters and two reached on hits. Both would come around to score the runs that tied the score.
TURNING POINT: After John Lackey was lifted, John Farrell went to Craig Breslow to face the O's two best hitters -- Chris Davis and Adam Jones. Davis, who had previously homered and doubles, went down swinging and Jones lined out to short.
BY THE NUMBERS: The victory was the Red Sox's 20th this season in their last at-bat.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "We don't quit until the 27th out is made. I know that's a very bland statement, but this is a group that knows how to play to the game situation that's in front of them. We've seen it time and time again. It kind of shows the grit and character of this team that's been present all year." -John Farrell on the team's ability to come back and win late.