[Back for its second year, "Down the Stretch" is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming night for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues.]

About last night

Davis' 2-out, 2-run single in 12th inning lifts O's over Sox
Brady Anderson celebrates Chris Davis breaking his record
Kevin Gausman dominates Red Sox in 2 relief innings
O'Day rejoins club; Gonzalez could start Saturday
Wednesday's full scoreboard


AL East standings

BOS     92-61    --
TB       83-68    8
BAL     81-70    10

AL wild-card standings

TB        83-68     --
TEX      82-69       --
CLE      82-70    0.5
BAL      81-70     1
NYY      80-72    2.5
KC       80-72    2.5

(For full standings, click here.)


Tonight's game

Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

RHP Chris Tillman (16-6, 3.70 ERA) vs. RHP John Lackey (9-12, 3.56 ERA)


Key matchup

Chris Davis (.423 with 2 HRs and 6RBIs) is one of a handful of Orioles with strong career numbers against Lackey. Manny Machado is 6-for-11 (.545) with 2 HRs vs. Lackey, and Nick Markakis bats .353 in 51 career at-bats against the right-hander.

Other games that matter

Astros (Keuchel) at Indians (Jimenez), 7:05 p.m.

Yankees (Kuroda) at Blue Jays (Redmond), 7:07 p.m.

Rangers (Darvish) at Rays (Moore), 7:10 p.m.


Thought of the day