Red Sox fall to Orioles in 10 inn., 8-6


Red Sox fall to Orioles in 10 inn., 8-6

BOSTON -- Entering Tuesday's game, the Red Sox bullpen had compiled a 1.98 ERA for the past six weeks, the lowest mark for any bullpen in the big leagues.

Boston's relievers picked a bad night for a rare meltdown.

In the tenth inning, after a game-tying two-run home run over the Wall in the bottom of the ninth by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Alfredo Aceves allowed two runs on three hits in his second inning of work and the Red Sox lost, 8-6.

The Boston bullpen lost a lead in the seventh inning as well. With the Sox clinging to a 4-3 lead, Scott Atchison and Matt Albers combined to allow two runs (plus an inherited runner) on four hits as the Baltimore Orioles overtook the Sox for a 6-4 victory.

The two runs against Atchison brought an end to a scoreless streak that had lasted 19 23 innings.

The Red Sox had taken their first lead of the night in the bottom of the sixth when Mike Aviles singled home one run and a sacrifice fly by Scott Podsednik accounted for another.

The Orioles had taken advantage of an error by Aviles in the third to allow two unearned runs. The Sox pulled even in the fifth when the Orioles committed an error of their own.

Jon Lester pitched into the seventh and was charged with four runs, two of them earned.

Aviles led the Red Sox offense with three hits while Podsednik added two, plus a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt.

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.