BALTIMORE -- Having lost three of their last four games, the Red Sox were reeling going into Saturday's game with the Baltimore Orioles, desperate for a win.
They got one, with the help of two unlikely sources.
Stephen Drew, who hadn't homered in seven weeks, belted two homers and drove in a season-high five RBI while Ryan Dempster snapped a personal four-game winless streak and won for the first time since June 25 as the Red Sox belted the Orioles, 7-3.
It was just the third win for the Red Sox against the Orioles in nine tries this season and kept the Sox within a half-game of the white-hot Tampa Bay Rays in the A.L. East.
Drew, who singled and scored the first run of the game in the third, drilled a three-run homer to right in the fourth.
He later added a two-run shot in the sixth, tinged with controversy. Drew hit a ball which appeared to clear the fence in right, but wasn't immediately ruled a homer. As Drew rounded third, he was caught in a rundown but managed to escape the pickle and scored, with the official scorer crediting him with an inside-the-park homer. Umpires later reviewed the play and awarded him a conventional homer.
Dempster, who had no-decisions in each of his last four starts, allowed just one hit in the first four innings. The bottom third of the order stitched together three straight singles in the fifth for a run, and when he allowed two singles to the first three hitters in the sixth, he got the hook.
Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara combined to close out the game for the Red Sox.
Red Sox DH David Ortiz was ejected from the game in the top of the seventh after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Tim Timmons. An enraged Ortiz had to be restrained by manager John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo from going out after Timmons.
Ortiz then destroyed the dugout phone with his bat, and when splinters nearly caught Dustin Pedroia, seated on the bench nearby, an angry Pedroia confronted Ortiz.
AT A GLANCE
STAR OF THE GAME: Stephen Drew
Drew broke out of a slump in a big way, belting two homers, knocking in five and scoring three runs. It was his second multi-homer game in his career and the five RBI tied a single-game career best.
HONORABLE MENTION: Ryan Dempster
Dempster had been winless in his last four starts, but despite diminshed velocity, took the Red Sox into the sixth inning and allowed only two runs to earn his sixth win of the season.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Scott Feldman
Feldman faced a slumping Red Sox lineup, but managed to allow four runs in just five innings of work, dropping to 2-2 since coming to the Orioles in a trade.
TURNING POINT: The Orioles looked like they were putting together a big inning against Dempster in the fifth with three straight hits and a run. After striking out Nate McLouth, Dempster looked to have Manny Machado struck out, but home plate umpire Tim Timmons called it a ball. Dempster then got Machado to hit into an inning-ending double play, ending the threat.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox improved to 43-9 (.827) when scoring first, the best such percentage in the big leagues.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "That might be the worst call of the year, right there. That was bad. Definitely.'' David Ortiz on Tim Timmons calling a high pitch a strike, setting off his eruption and eventually, ejection.