The Red Sox won in walk-off fashion on Sunday night. Mike Carp hit a line drive to left fielder David Lough with one out in the bottom of the ninth to score Dustin Pedroia from third base to win the game.
Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez had a three run lead by the time he took the mound in the bottom of the first thanks to a couple of hits and a Nelson Cruz solo home-run. It was not until the fourth inning that the Red Sox were able to get a hit off of the Orioles right-hander, when Johnny Gomes smacked a double into left field. Jimenez left the game in the sixth inning after throwing 107 pitches.
Jake Peavy gave up five earned runs on ten hits and four base on balls in 5.2 innings pitched, and he seemed to be a bit agitated on the mound. At one point in the fourth inning, Peavy was shown walking away from home plate muttering something under his breath. The right hander seemed to be a bit off his game after surrendering three runs in the first inning. By the time Peavy was pulled from the game, the Sox were down 5-0, and chances of winning seemed fairly grim.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Red Sox bats came alive. Ortiz singled, Napoli walked, and then Johnny Gomes demolished a three-run home run to put Boston on the board.
In the seventh inning, the Red Sox bats went back to work, but not without a bit of controversy.
Brock Holt singled, and then Grady Sizemore hit a ground ball back up the middle. The ball was initially mishandled by Ryan Flaherty at second base on an attempt to transfer the ball from glove to throwing hand, and because of new rules implemented by Major League Baseball, Holt was called safe. Flaherty appeared to have the ball in his glove for the out, but because he had dropped the ball when he attempted to transfer the ball, Holt was called safe at second base. Pedroia singled to load the bases, and Ortiz followed up by singling to score Holt, cutting the lead to one. Napoli hit a groundball to third base, and a throwing error by Jonathan Schoop at third base as he one-hopped the ball in an attempt to gun down Sizemore at the plate allowed the Red Sox to tie the game.
After an Adam Jones double to lead off the top of the ninth inning, Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller forced two groundouts. With Jones on third base, Delmon Young appeared in the on-deck circle as he looked to appear to be pinch-hitting for the upcoming Lough. A premature pitching change by John Farrell put Edwin Mujica in the game, a much better match-up for Lough, which allowed Buck Showalter to keep his left fielder in the game. Farrell avoided a costly mistake, as Mujica was able to get Lough to strikeout.
With the game tied at five in the bottom of the ninth, Pedroia drove a ball to the lip of the Green Monster and missed a home run by inches. The play was reviewed by the umpire crew, but inconclusive video evidence forced the umpires to maintain the call on the field.
After David Ortiz was walked, Mike Napoli took a nasty Darren O’Day pitch off his left knee, and Carp pinch hit for Johnny Gomes. Pedroia initially took a step towards home plate, but after realizing the ball would be caught, went back to tag. When the throw came in towards Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, the throw was so far away from the target that it rolled all the way to the backstop, forcing O’Day to run and corral the ball. Pedroia had so much time that he was able to tag on the ball, scoring the winning run in what was a very exciting game for Red Sox fans.
-The Orioles defence came into the game as one of the best defences in the league, having only committed four errors in sixteen games. Baltimore made three errors in the game, including two very costly in the seventh inning.
-Mike Napoli ended a string of four consecutive Sunday night games where he hit a home run as he went 0-3 with a strikeout and a hit by pitch.
-Grady Sizemore is 1-21 in his last five starts for the club. He led off Sunday night.
-Daniel Nava came into the game sporting a .136 batting average. He went 0-4 with two strikeouts in his sixteenth game of the season. He has eight hits in seventy-one at-bats thus far.
-The game began an hour earlier than normal so that the clubs could prepare for the annual 11:05am EST Patriots Day start Monday.