Andino lifts Orioles over Red Sox
Boston, MA – Robert Andino's three-run double in the eighth 5, in the third installment of a four- game series.
Mark Reynolds added two hits and two RBI, while Nick Markakis collected three hits and drove in a run for the Orioles, who have taken two of three in the set after splitting a Monday doubleheader.
Willie Eyre (2-1) recorded the final two outs in the seventh for the win. Jim Johnson tossed a scoreless ninth to post his eighth save.
Adrian Gonzalez finished 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and drove in three for the Red Sox, who have dropped seven of their last 10.
Daniel Bard (2-9) was charged in defeat with two runs on two hits in 1 1/3 relief innings.
Boston fell six back of the Yankees in the AL East after New York topped Tampa Bay. The Sox remained two games up on the Rays in the wild card race.
The O's forged ahead for good in their second-to-last turn at the plate. Matt Wieters hit a leadoff single against Bard, then Reynolds followed with a one- out hit and, after Jonathan Papelbon was summoned, Nolan Reimold contributed a two-out single to load the bases. Andino followed with his bases-clearing double to right for a 7-5 contest.
"He got ahead on Reimold and tried to go up and away and misfired," said Boston manager Terry Francona about Papelbon. "Then he got in a deep count to Andino and he cleared the bases. Pap has been so good for us this year and hopefully we can get him back in there tomorrow."
Pedro Strop retired the side in order in the home half. In the ninth, Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher's interference, but was promptly erased on Dustin Pedroia's double-play grounder. Gonzalez grounded out to first to end the game.
The Sox picked up a run in the first as Dustin Pedroia doubled with one out and scored when Gonzalez followed with a double.
Baltimore countered with four in the third on a Markakis RBI double, a Josh Reddick fielding error which scored Markakis, and a Reynolds run-scoring hit. but Boston pulled within 4-3 in the home half as Pedroia led off with a double and came in on a Gonzalez two-run shot.
It was 5-4 for the home team in the fourth as Mike Aviles singled in Marco Scutaro and an error plated Aviles.
O's starter Rick VandenHurk lasted three-plus innings, allowing seven hits and five runs -- four earned -- with three walks and four strikeouts...His counterpart Erik Bedard served up five hits and four runs -- one earned -- with a pair of walks in just 2 2/3 frames...Boston still leads the season series, 9-5...Ellsbury finished 1-for-4, giving him 200 hits on the season. Along with Gonzalez, it marked just the third time in franchise history that two players have reached 200 hits in one season, after Wade Boggs and Bill Buckner (1985), and Boggs and Jim Rice in 1986.