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Drew, Boston power past O's

BALTIMORE - On Friday night, balls were sailing off the Baltimore Orioles' bats and over the wall at Camden Yards and the Boston Red Sox couldn't produce any offense.
Saturday night, the roles were reversed.
Stephen Drew hit two of Boston's three homers and drove in five runs to help the Red Sox down the Orioles 7-3 before a sellout crowd of 44,765.
A night after hitting four home runs, Baltimore was held homerless for the first time in its last 12 games against the Red Sox, as the Orioles struggled to get hits in key situations.
"We had some opportunities to push a couple more across," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "But they kept adding on a little bit, too."
Orioles starter Scott Feldman struggled, giving up four runs on six hits over five innings. The crucial blow came in the top of the fourth, when Drew hit his first homer, a three-run shot to right-center, to put Boston up 4-0.
Feldman gave up a pair of two-out singles prior to that.
The Baltimore right-hander had won two straight starts entering Saturday. His four runs allowed were the second-most he's given up in his five starts with the Orioles.
"I thought he was OK, we just didn't score him any runs," Showalter said. "It was a competitive outing. We didn't do much offensively early on."
Feldman said he felt his stuff was solid, but he made some off pitches, particularly on the three-run homer to Drew.
"It really just came down to that fourth inning," Feldman said. "The reality is I gave up two hits and then gave up the big one to Drew there. Hopefully the next time I face those guys it won't happen.
"I just wasn't really locating as well as I would like to. You make some mistakes, these guys are going to make you pay."
Baltimore had several opportunities to close the gap. In the fifth, the Orioles led off the inning with three straight singles, the third of which was an RBI base hit by Brian Roberts.
However, Baltimore couldn't capitalize with runners on first and third and no outs, as Nate McLouth struck out and Manny Machado grounded into an inning-ending double play.
In the sixth, the Orioles had runners on the corners with one out, but could only muster one run, which came on a Matt Wieters RBI fielder's choice.
Baltimore had runners on first and second with just one out in the eighth, but again scored only a run on a J.J. Hardy RBI infield single.
"We mounted a few things there, I thought we were really going to get back in it, but we couldn't sustain or group some hits together," Showalter said. "I think [Red Sox starter Ryan] Dempster had a lot to do with that."
Dempster held Baltimore to two runs on six hits over 5 1-3 innings. After that, the Boston bullpen held the Orioles scoreless.
Dempster had not beaten Baltimore in his first two starts against them this year, despite giving up only two runs over seven innings in his last start against the Orioles in June.
Despite winning, the Red Sox got upset numerous times with the umpires. Boston's displeasure came to a boiling point in the seventh.
With a 3-0 count, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz thought he got ball four on a high pitch from Orioles reliever Jairo Asencio, but home plate umpire Tim Timmons called it strike one.
Ortiz proceeded to strike out, jawed with Timmons, and returned to Boston's dugout. He then destroyed the phone in the Red Sox dugout by hitting it with his bat three times, while continuing to yell.
Timmons tossed Ortiz, who had to be restrained on the warning track by Boston manager John Farrell. Ortiz finally tossed his elbow brace onto the diamond and exited
The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 1-0 early Saturday. As a result, both the Red Sox and Orioles lost a game to the AL East-leading Rays.
Baltimore sits 4.5 games back entering Sunday's series finale with Boston.
"Every game is big," Feldman said. "We're playing, obviously, some one that we're competing with to try to get to the top of the division here, so you want to come out and take as many games as you can."