Rapid reaction: Orioles 5, Red Sox 4

April, 27, 2011

BALTIMORE -- This one was played on grass, not ice, but in the end it made no difference: It slipped away from the Red Sox.

After staging one of their more spirited rallies of the season, scoring four times in the eighth to tie the score, the Sox fell, 5-4, to the Baltimore Orioles, who beat Boston for the second straight night and left the Sox in a position of having to win their last three games this month to finish at .500.

Bard gets the loss. Daniel Bard was saddled with the loss after giving up three straight hits in the bottom of the eighth. Bard also appeared to cross up Jason Varitek on a pitch that resulted in a passed ball, allowing both runners to move up into scoring position. Nick Markakis was out at the plate as he attempted to score on another pitch that got away, Bard blocking the plate with his foot as he applied the tag on Markakis. But Vladi Guerrero followed with a line single to center to score Derrek Lee.

Eighth-inning comeback. After being shut out for seven innings by Jeremy Guthrie (6 innings) and Jeremy Accardo (1), the Sox tied the score in the eighth. Jacoby Ellsbury singled, Dustin Pedroia walked and Adrian Gonzalez singled a run home. Kevin Youkilis followed with a three-run home run, only the second by the Sox this season, to tie the score.

Misplayed fly ball. A mixup between Ellsbury and Pedroia on a pop fly by Lee that could have been caught by either player fell for a double in the fourth. Two batters later, Luke Scott hit one onto Eutaw Street, enraging Sox pitcher Josh Beckett with an exaggerated bat flip. Beckett cursed at Scott as he rounded the bases, and may still have been fighting to regain his composure when Adam Jones followed with a home run to left to make it 4-0.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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