Sox lament missed opportunities in 5-3 loss to O's

Sox lament missed opportunities in 5-3 loss to O's
September 19, 2013, 12:45 am

BOSTON – It was the kind of game the Red Sox have so often pulled out this season. A late-inning tie turns into a win in their last at-bat.
 
Instead, the Sox turned an early two-run lead into an extra-inning two-run loss, falling to the Orioles 5-3 at Fenway Park Wednesday night.
 
The Sox took a 2-0 lead on David Ortiz’s two-run home run --  his 28th of the season -- in the first inning. After the Orioles took a 3-2 lead in the sixth, Mike Napoli’s home run leading off the bottom of the inning tied the score.
 
But, that would be all the scoring the Sox could manage in the game, although they had plenty of opportunities:

*They had 15 hits, but went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, leaving nine runners on base.

*In eight innings, the Sox’ first batter reached base. The only one to score was Napoli, on his leadoff home run.

*In the third, the Sox loaded the bases with no outs when Dustin Pedroia singled, Shane Victorino bunted for a hit, and Ortiz hit an infield single. But Mike Napoli lined out and Jonny Gomes grounded into a 1-2-3 double play.

*The Sox grounded into four double plays, including three to end innings in the second, third, and 11th. The four GIDPs match a season high, along with an 11-inning win on May 6 against the Twins.
 
“We gave ourselves plenty of opportunities,” Farrell said. “Men in scoring position, they would make a key pitch. We grounded into four double plays. A lot of good things went on in this game. I thought overall offensively, we put a number of guys on base but they made a key pitch in a key moment. Groundball double plays speak to that. They get a ground ball straight at a guy.”
 
“We did have opportunities,” said Daniel Nava. “Tonight was just a night we didn’t -- I think most of the season we’ve come through and tonight we just didn’t get it done.”
 
It was the kind of game they have won so often this season. They came in 10-5 in extra-inning games, 4-1 at Fenway. They had been 63-17 when they score first, 58-28 when they hit a home run, and 22-12 winning in their last at-bats.
 
It was a game they had in their sites, several times just one hit away.
 
“Yeah, when you’re up early like that,” Nava said. “And unfortunately we weren’t able to tack on any more runs. Had other opportunities. Unfortunately, the game goes like this. It’d be nice if it goes our way the whole time. But that’s why there’s so many of them.”
 
The Sox fall to 6-9 against the Orioles this season, the only team in the American League East against whom they have a losing record. The Sox are a combined 34-20 against their other division opponents.  With their win, the O’s remain in contention for a wild card spot, one game out.
 
“They never [make it easy],” Nava said. “They always play us well and play us tough. It’s a good team --  pitching, hitting, defense. A lot of those guys have been around for a while and they’re not out of it yet. So every game matters to them just like it matters to us.”