Red Sox - 000 001 110 - 3 10 0Boston rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the eighth, but they blew a chance to add to that slim advantage when Alex Cora grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Orioles - 000 200 04x - 6 9 0
Hideki Okajima relieved Wakefield (7-5-2-4-3, 109) in the bottom of the inning. He struggled from his first pitch, allowing three straight singles. He got two outs on a sac fly (which tied the game 3-3) and a force play. But he walked Ramon Hernandez to reload the bases. Jeemer then fell behind Adam Jones 3-1 and came in with a fat fastball -- that Jones drilled to deep left for a three-run double.
Down to their last out in the ninth against George Sherrill, Julio Lugo and Kevin Youkilis both walked to bring up Manny as the potential tying run. Ramirez had hit home run #502 in the sixth, but this time, he lifted a routine fly to Nick Markakis in right-center.
Tim Wakefield (4.70, 91 ERA+) / Jeremy Guthrie (3.64, 115 ERA+)
This is Wakefield's third start of this 10-game road trip. ... After a dismal 1-5 start, the possibility of finishing up 5-5 is pretty attractive.
Runs Hits W/LManny:
0523 at Oak 3 6 L 3-8
0524 at Oak 0 1 L 0-3
0525 at Oak 3 7 L 3-6
0526 at Sea 5 9 W 5-3
0527 at Sea 3 7 L 3-4
0528 at Sea 0 2 L 0-1
0530 at Bal 5 10 W 5-2 (13)
0531 at Bal 6 9 W 6-3
0601 at Bal 9 16 W 9-4
0602 at Bal ?
We're going to click. Sometimes we'll be cold. That's part of the game.More on MBM from Tomase and Bradford.
Baltimore has scored a total of eight runs in Guthrie's six losses.
Tampa is off tonight before starting a three-game series at Fenway tomorrow. The Yankees are still in Minnesota (7 PM).