Despite committing three errors –including two on back-to-back plays in the first inning – the Orioles played the Red Sox run for run.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, making his first start at Fenway Park, lasted just five innings, allowing four runs – three earned – on five hits, striking out four and walking three. It was the first time in five major-league starts that Chen didn't give the Orioles a quality start.
In a game tied 4-4, shortstop J.J. Hardy made a game-saving play in the eighth – lunging to his left and snagging Cody Ross' liner destined for center and throwing from his knees to first to get David Ortiz before he could get back to the base.
Lester, who entered the night with a career 14-0 record against the Orioles, left the game with a 4-3 lead after six innings, but the Orioles scored a run off Vicente Padilla in the seventh to tie the game at 4.
Trailing 4-3 in the seventh against Padilla, the Orioles had the bases loaded with no outs but scored just one run. Reynolds doubled to lead off the inning, and Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez fielded Ronny Paulino's grounder, threw to third but couldn't get Reynolds.
That put runners at the corners and a walk to Robert Andino loaded the bases. Hardy hit into a 4-6-3 double play that scored Reynolds. Rich Hill then replaced Padilla and induced a fly out from Nick Markakis to end the inning, but the Orioles tied the score at 4.
After going six games without an error, the Orioles committed three errors in the first two innings. Baltimore committed back-to-back throwing errors by Andino and Reynolds in the first, but Chen was able to pitch around that.