BALTIMORE -- One-run games haven't exactly been the Red Sox' (17-20) strong suit this season. The Baltimore Orioles (27-9), meanwhile, seem to thrive on them.
Was it any surprise, then, that the Orioles eeked out a 4-3 victory at Camden Yards Saturday, and in the process, pulling themselves into a first-place tie with the New York Yankees with four games to go.
Rookie third baseman Manny Machado homered to left to lead off the seventh inning, snapping a 3-3 tie. The homer came off Felix Doubront, who fanned 10, giving him back-to-back double-figure strikeout starts. Doubront fanned 11 last Sunday.
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Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.