Red Sox fall in 12 innings to O's, 7-6

Red Sox fall in 12 innings to O's, 7-6
July 6, 2014, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON -- After more than five hours of baseball at Fenway Park, the Orioles beat the Red Sox in a 12-inning, back-and-forth affair, 7-6. 

Baltimore outfielder David Lough tripled off of Edward Mujica to lead off the 12th and scored when the next hitter, JJ Hardy, hit a bouncing-ball single into left field. The Red Sox had their middle of the order -- Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli -- up in the bottom half of the inning, but they went down in order against O's lefty Zach Britton.

Jackie Bradley Jr, who earlier in the game recorded his 10th assist of the season with a strike to home to cut down Manny Machado, made a twisting, game-saving catch against the wall in center in the top of the ninth.

Limited to five hits and a run over the first six, the Red Sox stirred to life in the seventh with a four-run outburst off the Baltimore bullpen.

A solo homer from David Ross got things started as seven of the first eight Boston hitters reached base. David Ortiz, previously 1-for-22 off lefty nemesis Brian Matusz, came through with a single to bring the Sox to within a run and Mike Napoli, who had fanned twice and hit into a double play in his first three trips, punched a game-tying single to left.

The Orioles got to relievers Burke Badenhop and Junichi Tazawa for four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-1 lead. Badenhop allowed three straight hits, and after a flyout in the final batter he faced, Tazawa came on and fared no better, giving up three more hits in succession before Bradley bailed him out with an inning-ending double play on a strong throw to the plate.

The Sox couldn't do much with rookie starter Kevin Gausman, limited to a single run over the first six innings. Ortiz singled home Daniel Nava in the sixth for the lone Boston run until the bullpen imploded.

Jake Peavy pitched well over six innings, allowing two runs -- just one earned -- but saw his winless streak extended to 13 starts. His last win came back on April 25.

Over his last two starts, Peavy has allowed three earned runs over 12 innings, but thanks to little run support, has a loss and a no-decision to show for it.