Sox get walk-off win with assist from O's, 6-5

Sox get walk-off win with assist from O's, 6-5
April 20, 2014, 10:30 pm
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox got a gift from Orioles on Sunday. Baltimore made three errors on the night, and the third proved fatal.

With no outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, Mike Carp came in to pinch hit and lined out to the left fielder David Lough. Dustin Pedroia tagged from third but retreated to the base since left fielder David Lough caught the ball in the shallow outfield.

However, Lough launched a throw home that got by both the third baseman Jonathan Schoop and catcher Matt Wieters, all the way the back stop. Seeing the ball get away, Pedroia started back toward home and slid in safely for Boston's first walk-off win of the season, 6-5.

Pedroia's double to lead off the ninth inning almost won it. The 1-1 pitch from Brian Matusz was belted high off the Monster and came close to hitting off of the red line on top of the Wall.

Crew chief Ted Barrett's crew originally called Pedroia's shot a double. Red Sox manager John Farrell left the dugout to discuss the call, and the crew decided to review it. After a 2-minute, 2-second review, the call stood.

A wild pitch from Matusz moved Pedroia to third and a walk to Ortiz brought Darren O'Day into the game for the O's. He plunked Mike Napoli on the knee with an 88 mph fastball to load the bases, setting the stage for Carp's walk-off line-out.

The Red Sox used a one-out rally in the seventh inning -- and another unearned run -- to draw even.

After AJ Pierzynski led off by striking out, Brock Holt continued his impressive three-game stretch with the Red Sox by singling, giving him a hit in each of his first three games with the team this season.

Then the much-discussed, newly re-enforced transfer rule in gave the Red Sox a spark. Grady Sizemore grounded hard back to Baltimore pitcher Zach Britton, who threw to second to get the lead runner. Ryan Flaherty -- who had moved from third to shortstop before the inning to spell JJ Hardy, who left the game with a hamstring strain -- was covering the bag, received the ball, and lost it when moving to make a throw.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter came out to argue after Holt was called safe, but it was to no avail.

Dustin Pedroia singled to load the bases and David Ortiz followed with a single to right field on the first pitch he saw from Britton. Holt scored and the Red Sox brought the score to 5-4.

Evan Meek then entered the game for Baltimore to face Mike Napoli. A ground ball to Schoop -- who had been moved from second as part of the O's infield reshuffling -- resulted in a poor throw home that Wieters couldn't corral. Sizemore slid into home from third and the game was tied, 5-5.

The Red Sox had been brought to within striking distance the inning prior when Jonny Gomes drilled a three-run homer into the Monster Seats on a hanging curveball from Orioles starter Ubaldo Jiminez.

Gomes also recorded his team's first hit of the night off of Jiminez, lifting a wall-ball double in the fourth inning. The Sox left fielder has dominated Jiminez over the course of his career, going 7-for-18 with three homers after Sunday's game.

The Gomes homer made the score 5-3 after Baltimore knocked out Sox starter Jake Peavy after 5.2 innings.

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz got things started with a home run over the Monster on the first pitch he saw in the first inning.

After a walk by Chris Davis and a single by Adam Jones, Wieters found a hole with two strikes for an RBI single in the first. The next hitter, Hardy, used a sac fly to score Jones and make the score 3-0.

Peavy stranded four runners in the next three innings, but the Baltimore bats struck again in the fifth. With two outs, Wieters and Hardy hit back-to-back singles and Lough drove home Wieters with a double.

Peavy came back out for the sixth and gave up a leadoff double to Flaherty, the No. 9 hitter. Though he got the next two outs, Peavy then walked Davis (intentionally after going to a 3-0 count) and allowed an RBI single to Jones to make the score 5-0.

With the score tied in the seventh, the Red Sox bullpen was up to the challenge yet again. Chris Capuano pitched 1.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Junichi Tazawa was called upon to face Cruz with one out in the eighth and got him to pop out on one pitch -- Tazawa's only toss of the night. Then Andrew Miller entered and struck out Davis on four pitches to get out of the inning.

A leadoff double in the ninth by Jones was spoiled as Miller retired the next two batters. Edward Mujica struck out Lough on a splitter to end the inning.

AT A GLANCE

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jonny Gomes

Gomes continued his career domination over Ubaldo Jiminez by breaking the righty's no-hitter in the fourth with a double and then by homering in the sixth to make the score 5-3.

HONORABLE MENTION: Red Sox bullpen

Chris Capuano, Junichi Tazawa (who threw one pitch to get one out), Andrew Miller and Edward Mujica combined to throw 3.1 scoreless innings in relief of Jake Peavy. To keep the game scoreless in the ninth was no easy task after Adam Jones led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a fielder's choice. Miller made a difficult play to put out Steve Lombardozzi on a swinging bunt and Mujica struck out David Lough on a splitter to end the threat.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Jonathan Schoop

After moving to third when JJ Hardy went out with a hamstring strain, Schroop made what looked to be a gaffe that cost the O's the game. When Lough threw to the infield after Mike Carp lined out in the ninth, it appeared he was aiming for Schoop -- the cut-off man on the play. Instead of catching the ball and having a chance to potentially tag out Dustin Pedroia, Schoop let it through and it ended up getting away from catcher Matt Wieters.

TURNING POINT

Gomes' homer in the sixth was the first sign that this one may have the makings of one of the drama-filled games Sox fans became used to last season.

STAT CHECK

Capuano's 1.2 scoreless innings was his eighth consecutive scoreless outing to start the 2014 season. In 10.2 innings he has 10 strikeouts and one walk. Not bad for a guy who started the year just getting used to coming out of the bullpen as a reliever.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

"Heck I don't know. I get the replay just like you guys get . . . Thought mine was a little bit more of a homer than [Nick] Markakis' double the first night. But I'm not a doctor or anything." -- Dustin Pedroia on whether he thought his ninth-inning double, which was reviewed, may have been a home run.