Carroll County Times

Boston rallies past O's to win

BALTIMORE - Chris Davis wasn't pitching. The game didn't last 17 innings, and the Baltimore Orioles lost.

Fifteen days ago, Tommy Hunter and Clay Buchholz, began the now storied 17-inning affair in Boston on May 6. Just as in that one, neither was involved in the decision.

This one ended in regulation with Kevin Gregg allowing two runs in the seventh as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 8-6 before 16,392 at Oriole Park on Monday.

Gregg (2-2) entered the game with the score tied at 5-5 in the seventh and gave up a single to Mike Aviles and a double to Dustin Pedroia. David Ortiz was walked intentionally with the bases loaded.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to score Aviles and Will Middlebrooks singled to drive home Pedroia to make it 7-5.

Gregg had a streak of 9 1-3 scoreless innings broken. This was a different outcome than his seven previous outings.

"They didn't hit it at people. Actually, the way the ball was coming out and the location of the pitches, they were good pitches," Gregg said.

Troy Patton allowed a run in the eighth, and the Orioles (27-16) scored a run in the bottom of the eighth on Matt Wieters' single with none out, but Davis, Wilson Betemit and Nick Johnson all failed.

"We need to do a little better job pitching," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Showalter was upset that Hunter, Gregg and Patton allowed 14 hits to Boston (21-21).

The Red Sox scored two runs in the second on a run-scoring single by Mike Aviles and a sacrifice fly by Pedroia.

In the third, the Orioles scored four off Buchholz. Betemit led off with a single. Johnson walked, and Robert Andino bunted for a base hit to load the bases. Xavier Avery's bases-loaded walk scored Betemit, J.J. Hardy's infield hit scored Johnson, and Nick Markakis' bases-loaded walk scored Andino. Avery came home when Adam Jones hit into a double play.

Davis homered to right-center leading off the fourth, his sixth of the season and first since May 1 to give Baltimore a 5-2 lead.

Buchholz allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Boston scored three runs off Hunter in the sixth. Ortiz led off with a long home run onto Eutaw Street, his 10th of the season. Daniel Nava drove in Gonzalez with a sacrifice fly, and Middlebrooks scored on Hunter's balk.

"I didn't see the runner. I had no idea what the runner was doing," Hunter said. "A famous Little League play-and it worked."

Hunter left after six. He allowed five runs and nine hits, striking out three. He hasn't won in his last five starts.

Andrew Miller (1-0), who pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Buccholz, was the winner. Alfredo Aceves pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save.

NOTES: Brian Roberts says he's getting closer to a minor league rehab assignment. Roberts, who hasn't played with the Orioles since suffering his second concussion on May 16, 2011, has traveled with the team all season, and has increased his workouts.

Roberts believes a return to the Orioles would be a victory.

"In some ways, it'd be a huge achievement or triumph just to get back out on that field. It's definitely something that I've thought a lot about. I'd love for it to happen," Roberts said. "I guess maybe in some ways I've continued to fight. There were a lot of times I could have easily shut it down."

Manager Buck Showalter is looking forward to having him back.

"Hopefully, that's something that's imminent," he said. "We're at a point where there's a potential date involved."

Showalter declined to publicly share the date.

Reliever Matt Lindstrom, who's on the 15-day disabled list with a partial tear of a ligament in his right middle finger, said that he's not ready to throw yet, and won't be activated when he's eligible on Saturday.

Wieters, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday, broke an 0-for-20 streak with his eighth-inning single. The hitless streak tied the longest of his career.

Jones extended his hitting streak to 13 games, equaling his career best.