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Lots of Red Sox fans here tonight, as usual. But the Orioles' faithful are plenty loud.

An 11-pitch at-bat ended with David Ortiz blooping a single into left field that broke a 1-1 tie, and with Jamie Walker kicking at the air in frustration.

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It was quite a battle. Walker kept feeding Ortiz curveballs, and you know that guy will eat anything. Ortiz ran the count full, fouling off pitch after pitch, before dropping a single in front of left fielder Jay Payton.

Manager Sam Perlozzo will make that move every time. This is why Walker is here. And he had Ortiz down 0-2.

Alex Cora's home run was the first one allowed by Daniel Cabrera since Howie Kendrick took him deep on Sept. 6, a span of 57 2/3 innings.

I didn't realize it had been that long.

Miguel Tejada hadn't homered since Opening Night.

I realized it had been that long.

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