BALTIMORE -- Inning after inning, the Red Sox walked a tightrope at Camden Yards, stranding Baltimore Orioles runners in bunches.
Until the 13th inning, that is, when their luck ran out.
Chris Davis punched a bloop single into shallow left -- just past shortstop Stephen Drew and in front of left fielder Jonny Gomes -- which
scored Nick Markakis with two outs, giving the Orioles a 5-4 victory.
It was the second game of at least 13 innings in the past four nights for the Red Sox.
Boston, meanwhile, couldn't generate much offense in the late going. In the final six innings, the only baserunner they could muster
came in the 10th when Jacoby Ellsbury was granted first on a catcher's inteference call.
The Sox went through five pitchers, with Alex Wilson, promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day, charged with the loss in his third inning of work.
Trailing by two, the Sox loaded the bases with no out in the seventh against the Orioles bullpen. Stephen Drew drove a ball to
warning track in left-center.
With runners at the corners, Jacoby Ellsbury just beat out a throw to first, foiling the back end of a double-play attempt as Jarrod Saltalamacchia crossed the plate.
Baltimore had led 4-2 thanks to a single to left from catcher Matt Wieters with two outs in the fifth. After walking J.J. Hardy to fill the bases. Doubront was done, one out shy of getting through five full innings.
The Red Sox had cut into the Orioles' lead in the fourth with back-to-back solo homers from David Ortiz and Mike Carp.
Carp had entered the game in the previous half-inning when first baseman Mike Napoli left the game with an undisclosed illness.
It was marked the sixth time this season that the Sox had slammed consecutive homers.
The O's had pushed three runs across against starter Felix Doubront in the third on a homer from Danny Valencia and run-scoring singles from Manny Machado and Chris Davis.
STAR OF THE GAME: Chris Davis
Davis leads all of baseball in home runs, but on Thursday night, he did his damage with two singles. In the third inning, he singled home
the first Baltimore run of the night and in the 13th, his bloop single to left scored the last one, helping the O's to a walk-off win.
HONORABLE MENTION: Kevin Gausman
When the Red Sox rallied for two in the seventh, Orioles starter Gausman lost his chance to win his first major league game. But that didn't take
anything away from his outing, during which he allowed two runs - on consecutive solo homers -- but little else over 5 1/3 innings while striking out five.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Felix Doubront
John Farrell said he thought Doubront's stuff was some of the best he's had this season, but the lefty couldn't take the Red Sox
very deep into the game. He was gone after 4 2/3 innings, having run his pitch count up to 103 pitches by then. That meant lots of work for a bullpen on what turned out to be a long night.
TURNING POINT: The Red Sox had a chance to open things up in the seventh when they loaded the bases with no out. They got a run on a
sacrifice fly from Stephen Drew and another on a fielder's choice from Ellsbury, but a well-timed extra base hit would have made a big difference.
BY THE NUMBERS: Jacoby Ellsbury stole second in the 10th, making it six straight games with at least one steal, the first Sox player to do
that since Tris Speaker in stole successfully in eight straight in 1913.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "That's exactly what I wanted to do [jam him inside], but he's a big strong guy and he muscled it far enough out. Sometimes the ball bounces your way and sometimes it doesn't. --Alex Wilson on giving up the bloop game-winning single to Davis.