The dugout phone received about the same fate as Orioles pitchers.
Right-hander Scott Feldman, making his fifth start for the Orioles after being acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs this month, lasted just five innings, allowing four runs on six hits, including two homers.
"I felt fine," Feldman said. "It really just came down to that fourth inning. Gave up a couple two-out knocks and then made a bad pitch to Drew and he hit it over the fence. That's not how I want things to go but he is a good hitter and I just made a bad pitch to him right there. And he did damage with it."
Feldman (2-2) had never given up a home run in his career pitching at Camden Yards, which included two previous starts for the Orioles and seven appearances for the Texas Rangers in Baltimore. Entering Saturday, Feldman had the second-longest such streak at Camden Yards, behind former Orioles' reliever Mark Eichhorn's 431/3 homerless innings.
Feldman's run ended at 38 innings in the fourth when he served up a three-run shot to shortstop Stephen Drew, who hadn't homered since June 4, a span of 95 at-bats. Feldman retired the first two batters in the inning before allowing consecutive singles and then Drew's sixth homer of the year.
Drew picked up his seventh homer in his next at-bat and it was a memorable one, albeit rather unusual. Facing left-hander Troy Patton in the sixth, Drew hit a deep fly to right that Nick Markakis tracked to the wall, but the ball eluded his grasp, struck the lip above the grounds crew shed and caromed into center field.
Drew raced around third and then tried to pull up, only to get caught in a rundown. But Orioles catcher Matt Wieters threw the ball wildly to Patton at home, allowing Drew to score for what would have been an inside-the-park homer.
It was reviewed by the umpires and ruled a traditional home run — the first time that a replay home run call changed the official scoring but not the score. Regardless, Drew ended up with the second multihomer game of his career, though he only enjoyed one home run trot. The five RBIs tied Drew's career high.
"They didn't score it an inside-the-park home run, did they? Excuse me? I would have done the same thing (appeal like Farrell) because from a statistical standpoint, your player would probably like to have the home run," Showalter said. "It was a home run. They got it right. The other one's not an inside-the-park home run."
Drew also helped set up Boston's first run in the third inning against Feldman. He led off with a single to right that could have been extra bases, but Markakis played the ball off the wall perfectly to keep Drew at first.
Drew moved to second on a groundout and then to third on another strange play. Jacoby Ellsbury singled into left field while his bat nipped Wieters' mitt. Catcher's interference was called, but since it was already a single and Drew had already advanced to third, the rules maintain that the hit takes precedent over the umpire's call.
Drew stayed at third — he would have had to return to second on the interference call — and then scored on a groundout by Victorino, who added a homer in the seventh against Asencio.
The Orioles had plenty of chances to score against Dempster (6-8), who allowed six hits and two walks but just two earned runs in 51/3 innings. The only run that scored while he was in the game was an RBI single by Brian Roberts in the fifth. An inherited runner scored in the sixth on a Wieters' groundout.
In the eighth, the Orioles made it a four-run game on an infield single by Hardy. But again they couldn't take advantage of opportunities. For the game, the Orioles were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine base runners.
The Orioles (58-47) and Red Sox (62-43) face off today in the series' rubber match. The Orioles have won six straight series between the teams heading into today.