Earl Weaver would have been proud.
The classic three-run home run that Weaver believed was one of the fundamental keys to winning -- and the relief pitching version of walking on water -- allowed the Orioles to knock off the Red Sox last night, 5-4.
The three-run homer belong to Luke Scott who, with one swing in the third inning, erased a ragged three-run first inning when Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up three hits to the first four batters and the defense committed two errors (definitely not on Weaver's keys-to-winning list).
But much more dramatic was the relief pitching of Jim Johnson who put down a Red Sox rally in the seventh by getting Manny Ramirez to hit into a 1-2-3 DP with the bases loaded and no out and getting the next guy on a fly out.
Encouraging was that the Orioles didn't pack it in for the night after the rotten start. Guthrie went on to pitch six innings, striking out seven and walking just one and the lineup kept leaning on Boston ace Josh Beckett until the third-inning break-through when the O's went ahead, 5-3.