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Red Sox savior = Orioles first-round pick

As they were heading for their sixth consecutive loss, the Boston Red Sox were rescued by two big hits from former Oriole Darnell McDonald in last night's 7-6 win over the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.

McDonald, who was selected in the first round of the 1997 MLB draft, hit a two-run home run as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning against Rangers left-hander Darren Oliver to tie the score at 6.

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Still, McDonald wasn't finished for the night. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, he smacked a single off the Green Monster -- which was close to a walk-off grand slam -- to allow the game-winning run to score.

The 31-year-old outfielder was recalled earlier in the day when the Red Sox placed outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron on the 15-day disabled list.

After tomorrow's day off, the Orioles head to Boston for a three-game series. They'll also host the Red Sox next week at Camden Yards.

With Ellsbury out of action for at least the next week with a chest bruise and Cameron facing extended time on the DL because of a sports hernia, McDonald could get plenty of time to prove himself to the organization that drafted him.

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