Well, count Jon Lester as both good and resilient. He was down 5-2 in the second inning, but he's still the pitcher of record and the Red Sox are teeing off on the Orioles bullpen. Mark Hendrickson gave up a two-run homer to Marco Scutaro to tie the game in the seventh and has teamed up with Alfredo Simon to give up six runs. Adrian Beltre just hit a towering shot to left field to make it 9-5 Red Sox.
Lester is going to be 13-0 against the Orioles when this is over, which is amazing on a number of levels.
That's what happens when you don't put the hammer down while you've got the chance. Can't complain about five runs off a guy like Lester, but that wasn't enough because Jake Arrieta was not efficient enough with his pitch count to get into the late innings. Lester hung in there, throwing 120 pitches, and the Red Sox battled back.
It looked like September was going to start off in style, but tonight's game looks like it's going to end in a style to which the the Orioles became accustomed during the early months of the season.