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The play of tonight's game just happened in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Nick Markakis scooped up a single by Dustin Pedroia and gunned down Jacoby Ellsbury trying to score from second. It was Nick's league-leading 11th assist of the year, but that was just the half of it.

Rookie catcher Matt Wieters drew a line in the dirt and decided that Ellsbury was not going to get to the plate. The ball and Ellsbury arrived at about the same time, but Wieters blocked the plate and leaned into the runner, basically driving him into the ground for the final out of the inning.

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It was just a fantastic major league play on the part of both players.

We'll have to wait and see if it makes any difference. It was a big out, keeping the Boston lead at two runs, but the Orioles didn't do a whole lot against Red Sox starter Brad Penny, who just left the game after give up just an unearned run over 6 1/3 innings.

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