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Baltimore at Boston

W: D. Sarfate (4-1) L: H. Okajima (1-2)
HR: BAL - None   BOS - J. Drew (9), M. Ramirez (15)

Huff matches career-best four hits as O's deal Red Sox rare home loss

CBSSports.com wire reports

BOSTON -- Aubrey Huff learned from his past struggles against Hideki Okajima. He knew he had to be patient against Boston's reliever.

He waited long enough Tuesday night to attack a pitch that was higher than Okajima wanted and hit a tying two-run single, one of his four hits in the Baltimore Orioles 10-6 win over the Red Sox.

"He threw a couple of heaters that I couldn't get to that were pretty well placed today," said Huff, who was 1-for-7 with three strikeouts against Okajima before the game. "He left me a changeup up a little bit. Other than that, we've been patient against him."

The Orioles have eight of the nine runs Okajima has allowed this year. They added three more in the ninth against Craig Hansen while their own bullpen pitched four scoreless innings.

"After you score, you have to put a zero up and that turns it around," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "You've got to wait (Okajima) out. You can't chase pitches off the plate."

Baltimore rebounded from deficits of 1-0 and 6-4 and overcame homers by Manny Ramirez and J.D. Drew as the Red Sox lost for only the second time in their last 17 games at Fenway Park.

On a steamy night with a game-time temperature of 93 degrees, the Orioles scored in just three innings with four runs in the second, three in the seventh and three in the ninth. They've scored 29 runs in their last four games, three of them wins.

"It's tough to come in here and play. It always has been ever since I've been in this division," said Huff, who spent 6 ½ seasons with Tampa Bay. "Probably the best thing we did was tack on three more runs there in the ninth inning because I've seen these guys come back."

After Huff's tying single, Kevin Millar hit a sacrifice fly off Manny Delcarmen for a 7-6 lead.

Okajima has allowed eight earned runs in 5 1/3 innings against Baltimore, an ERA of 13.50 this year. In his other games, he's given up just one run in 22 2/3 innings, an ERA of 0.40.

"He was up with a lot of pitches and behind in the count," Boston manager Terry Francona said.

The Orioles padded the lead in the ninth against Hansen, loading the bases with no outs on a single by Nick Markakis, an error by second basemen Dustin Pedroia and Huff's fourth single. Jay Payton's infield single drove in one run and Ramon Hernandez's single sent home the last two.

George Sherrill pitched the ninth but did not add to his total of 21 saves, third in the majors. After Daniel Cabrera allowed six runs in five innings, Dennis Sarfate (4-1), Jamie Walker, Chad Bradford and Sherrill held the Red Sox scoreless.

Boston rallied to take a 6-4 lead in the fifth on a two-run homer by Drew, his ninth of the year, after Pedroia was hit by Cabrera's pitch. Ramirez then hit his 15th homer of the season and 505th of his career, snapping a tie with former Oriole Eddie Murray and going into 23rd place on the career list.

In a pregame ceremony, Murray presented Ramirez with a plaque commemorating his 500th homer, hit off Bradford in Baltimore on May 31. But with two outs and the bases empty in the seventh, Bradford retired Ramirez on a popup to first baseman Millar.

Bradford also reached a No. 500 milestone -- his number of major league appearances.

"He got his 500th against me," Bradford said. "It's a little bit different deal. It was just good that we were able to pull out the win."

Josh Beckett had just one bad inning when he gave up four runs in the second on two-run doubles by Freddie Bynum and Brian Roberts that gave Baltimore a 4-3 lead.

"I didn't think he hit it hard," Beckett said of Roberts' hit off the left field wall. "I think at first he thought it was an out, then he thought that there was a chance just with the way wind was swirling that it was going to hit the wall."

The Red Sox had taken a 1-0 lead in the first when Jacoby Ellsbury singled, took third on Pedroia's double and scored when Ramirez grounded into a double play.

They cut the lead to 4-3 in the third when they loaded the bases with no outs on a single by Pedroia, a walk to Drew and a single by Ramirez. Pedroia scored when Mike Lowell grounded into a forceout at second and Drew came in on another force play.


  • Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 14 games and Drew to nine.
  • Pedroia broke an 0-for-18 slump.
  • Baltimore designated RHP Steve Trachsel for assignment and promoted 1B Oscar Salazar from Triple-A Norfolk. Trachsel was 2-5 with an 8.39 ERA in 10 games.
  • The Orioles wore black armbands in memory of sportscaster Jim McKay, a minority owner of the team who died Saturday.
  • The Red Sox hit consecutive homers for the sixth time this season.
  • Boston just missed two homers in the third when Ramirez's shot to right and Lowell's drive to left just went foul.
  • Ramirez tied Tony Perez for 24th on the all-time list with 1,652 RBI.
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Aubrey Huff's two-run single in the seventh inning ties the game at 6-all. (AP)
Aubrey Huff's two-run single in the seventh inning ties the game at 6-all. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Drew
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1

A. Huff
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4112112 .283
Nick Markakis, RF5230011 .294
Melvin Mora, 3B4200110 .240
Aubrey Huff, DH5142000 .251
Kevin Millar, 1B4111005 .249
Luke Scott, LF3110112 .272
    Jay Payton, LF1011000 .256
Ramon Hernandez, C4112001 .222
Adam Jones, CF5020005 .252
Freddie Bynum, SS4112022 .222
2B - Brian Roberts (19, Beckett), Nick Markakis (15, Okajima), Kevin Millar (7, Beckett), Adam Jones (12, Beckett), Freddie Bynum (3, Beckett)
SF - Kevin Millar (3)
RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (24), Aubrey Huff 2 (33), Kevin Millar (33), Jay Payton (21), Ramon Hernandez 2 (22), Freddie Bynum 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (9), Freddie Bynum 2 (3)
CS - Nick Markakis (4, 2nd base by Beckett/Varitek)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Bynum-B. Roberts-Millar, B. Roberts-Bynum-Millar, B. Roberts-Bynum-Millar, Bynum-B. Roberts-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera 5766432 4.35
Dennis Sarfate (W,4-1) 1.1100000 2.96
Jamie Walker (H,5) 0.1000010 4.67
Chad Bradford (H,9) 0.1000000 2.75
Jim Johnson (H,9) 1000110 1.31
George Sherrill 1000010 2.83
HBP - Pedroia (by Daniel Cabrera)
WP - Daniel Cabrera (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 94-53, Dennis Sarfate 19-12, Jamie Walker 4-3, Chad Bradford 3-2, Jim Johnson 13-7, George Sherrill 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 9-1, Dennis Sarfate 2-1, Jim Johnson 1-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 25, Dennis Sarfate 4, Jamie Walker 1, Chad Bradford 1, Jim Johnson 3, George Sherrill 3
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, LF5110011 .282
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3220000 .268
J.D. Drew, RF2212210 .320
Manny Ramirez, DH4121000 .305
Mike Lowell, 3B2001200 .268
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4001023 .294
Jason Varitek, C4010022 .257
Coco Crisp, CF3010100 .262
Alex Cora, SS3000002 .300
   a- Julio Lugo, PH1000000 .268
a-flied out for Cora in the 9th
2B - Dustin Pedroia (17, Cabrera)
HR - J.D. Drew (9, Cabrera), Manny Ramirez (15, Cabrera)
RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (34), Manny Ramirez (48), Mike Lowell (30), Kevin Youkilis (39)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Pedroia-Youkilis, Lowell-Pedroia-Youkilis
E - Dustin Pedroia (4, Missed catch of throw)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett 6844130 4.22
Hideki Okajima (L,1-2) 0.1233210 2.89
Manny Delcarmen 1.2100020 4.05
Craig Hansen 1432000 5.09
HBP - Hernandez (by Josh Beckett)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 113-71, Hideki Okajima 26-13, Manny Delcarmen 21-15, Craig Hansen 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 2-11, Manny Delcarmen 1-2, Craig Hansen 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Hideki Okajima 5, Manny Delcarmen 6, Craig Hansen 7
Game Information
Attendance - 37858
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Charlie Reliford