O's outlast Sox in extras 9-6


O's outlast Sox in extras 9-6

BOSTON The Red Sox futility continued Saturday afternoon for their season, their attempts against the Orioles, and in extra-innings at home as they lost, 9-6, in 12 innings at Fenway Park.

The Sox fell to 4-10 against the Os this season, 1-7 at home, as they fell to 2-9 in extra innings, 0-7 in extra innings at Fenway. They also fell to 0-4 in extra innings against the Os, all at Fenway.

The Orioles, meanwhile, won 16 straight extra-inning games, the most since the 1949 Indians won 17 straight, and are 11-0 on the road.

With the loss, the Sox are assured of losing the season series against Baltimore for the first time since they went 9-10 in 2004. They fell to 17 games under .500, at 68-85.

Neither starter was involved in the decision. Aaron Cook went 5 13 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout, while his ERA rose from 4.93 to 5.13.

Os left-hander Randy Wolf, who signed with the Os on Aug. 31 after being released by the Brewers and was making his second start for the Orioles. He went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

The Orioles got on the board first when Cook opened the game with a walk to Nate McLouth, who stole second, went to third on J.J. Hardys groundout and scored on Adam Jones groundout.

But the Sox tied the game in the bottom of the first when Dustin Pedroia, who doubled to right, scored on Ryan Lavarnways single to right.

The Os got a run in the second when Chris Davis hit a one-out single to left and took second on Cooks errant pick-off attempt, and scored on Manny Machados single to center.

Mark Reynolds led off the fourth with home run, giving the Os a 3-1 lead. It was Reynolds 22nd homer of the season, and sixth in 11 games against the Sox.

The Sox tied the game in fourth on Danny Valencias first home run with the Red Sox, scoring Mike Aviles who singled.

With one out in the sixth, Davis singled and Machado doubled, knocking Cook from the game. Ryan Flaherty greeted Rich Hill with a first-pitch triple, putting the Os ahead, 5-3.

Jones' 31st home run of the season, leading off the seventh, extended the Os lead to three runs.

The Sox came back with two in the bottom of the inning. Scott Podsednik led off with a double off right-hander Jake Arietta, who entered in the sixth, followed by a walk to Ciriaco and single by Pedroia to load the bases. Cody Ross grounded into a fielders choice, scoring Podsednik. And Ryan Lavarnway followed with a fielders choice to score Ciriaco, cutting the Sox deficit to one run, 6-5.

The Sox tied the game in the eighth off Pedro Strop on back-to-back, two-out doubles by Nava and Podsednik. Strop entered the game with an ERA of 7.36 in his last games, spanning 11 innings.

Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Bailey, and Mark Melancon each pitched one perfect inning, from the eighth through the 11th.

But, Alfredo Aceves, who has been virtually toxic lately, came in for the 12th. In two-third of an inning, he gave up three runs. He opened the inning by giving up a double to Jones followed by a one-out, ground-rule double to Jim Thome, giving the Os the lead. With two outs, he gave up an RBI single to Endy Chavez, ending Aceves outing. Chris Carpenter entered, giving up a single to Machado, scoring Chavez, giving the Os the 9-6 lead.

Aceves took the loss, falling to 2-10 with a 5.31 ERA.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.