BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles ended their 10-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, getting an RBI single from slumping Nick Markakis in the 11th inning to defeat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Sunday.
The victory was the first for interim manager Juan Samuel, who was promoted from third base coach when Dave Trembley was fired on Friday. The Orioles lost Samuel's first two games by a combined 19-2 score.
Cesar Izturis led off the 11th with a walk against Hideki Okajima (2-2) and went to second on a sacrifice. After Miguel Tejada was walked intentionally, Markakis — mired in an 0-for-14 skid — blooped a single to center that easily scored the winning run.
David Hernandez (2-5) pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the Orioles, who won for the first time since May 25. Baltimore still owns the worst record in the majors (16-41).
Victor Martinez homered for the Red Sox, whose seven-game road winning streak ended.
With the score 2-all in the bottom of the eighth, Scott Moore hit an RBI double off Manny Delcarmen to give Baltimore its first lead in the three-game series.
But a series of injuries have left the Orioles without a proven closer, and Will Ohman couldn't make the advantage stand up. After Boston put runners on the corners with one out in the ninth, Dustin Pedroia tied it with a sacrifice fly.
The Orioles' bullpen has blown more saves this season (11) than it converted (nine).
In the bottom of the ninth, Ty Wigginton drew a two-out walk from Jonathan Papelbon and was sprinting around the bases when center fielder Mike Cameron made an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch of a drive by Lou Montanez. Cameron missed Boston's previous five games with soreness related to an abdominal tear.
Orioles starter Brian Matusz allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out seven and walking four. The rookie is winless in nine starts since April 18.
John Lackey gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings, the eighth straight Boston starter to go at least six innings.
The Red Sox went up 2-0 in the second when Martinez hit his eighth home run after Kevin Youkilis drew a leadoff walk. In the bottom half, Izturis hit an RBI single and Julio Lugo followed with a run-scoring grounder.
Neither team got another runner into scoring position until the sixth. After Matusz concluded his 117-pitch performance by walking Adrian Beltre on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases with two outs, Matt Albers went to 3-1 on Bill Hall before retiring him on a grounder.
In the seventh, Albers walked two and was replaced with two outs by Mark Hendrickson, who loaded the bases by hitting David Ortiz with a fastball. Jason Berken then retired Youkilis on a fly to right.
NOTES: The game lasted 4 hours, 20 minutes. ... Matusz has yielded five homers in his last four starts. ... Martinez has nine multihit games in his last 13. ... Moore had his first multihit game since Sept. 28, 2007.