The victory improved the Orioles' record to 9-8 against the Red Sox this season. With only one game remaining between the two clubs, the Orioles have clinched their first .500 or better season series against the Red Sox since 2004 and just their second since 1998.
The Orioles clinched their first win in a three-game series at Fenway Park since July 2004. That stat stunned even second baseman Brian Roberts, who has been part of plenty of losses on Yawkey Way. Overall, Boston had won 15 straight series over the Orioles at Fenway.
The Orioles have won 12 of their past 16 games. They now need to go only 2-9 the rest of the way to avoid a 100-loss season, and 4-7 over their final 11 games to better the 64-98 performance from last year's club.
The Orioles are 29-17 overall under new manager Buck Showalter, including 13-7 on the road. They had been just 14-40 on the road under former managers Dave Trembley and Juan Samuel.
Ty Wigginton's go-ahead three-run homer off Scott Atchison in the seventh inning was his 21st home run of the season but his first since Aug. 22, a span of 26 games. Wigginton does have six RBIs in his past four games, and he's driven home the game-winning run in each of the Orioles' three straight wins.
Brad Bergesen, who allowed one earned run in six innings to pick up the win, is 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA in his past 10 starts. He also lowered his season ERA to 4.90, the first time it has been below 5.00 all season. Bergesen entered August with a 6.63 ERA.
The one negative tonight was Felix Pie's not running out his infield pop-up in the sixth inning that scored the Orioles' only run against Boston starter Clay Buchholz. Red Sox second baseman Marco Scutaro dropped the ball, which hung in the air seemingly forever. Adam Jones scored all the way from first on the play. Pie only made it to first. Something is wrong with that picture, and both Jones and Showalter let Pie know about it after the fact.