Boston at Baltimore

Final 11th
W: D. Hernandez (2-5) L: H. Okajima (2-2)
HR: BOS - V. Martinez (8)   BAL - None

Orioles top Red Sox on walk-off single to end 10-game skid wire reports

BALTIMORE -- Juan Samuel walked into the interview room after his first win as a major league manager and removed his cap, revealing a head full of tightly cropped salt-and-pepper hair.

"Just in case you guys were wondering, I did not get any more gray today," Samuel said with a broad grin after the Baltimore Orioles ended their 10-game losing streak Sunday by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in 11 innings.

After being promoted from third base coach to interim manager Friday when Dave Trembley was fired, Samuel watched stoically from the dugout as the Orioles lost twice by a combined 19-2 score. This one, in contrast, was filled with drama throughout.

The Orioles broke a tie that existed since the second inning by scoring once in the eighth, then allowed Boston to pull even in the ninth. Baltimore finally won it in the 11th on an RBI single by slumping Nick Markakis, hitless in his previous 14 at-bats.

"Obviously, we've had it rough the 10 games," Markakis said. "We've had some battles, we were in games and lost them. We didn't let this one get away."

Cesar Izturis led off the 11th with a walk against Hideki Okajima (2-2) and went to second on a sacrifice. After Miguel Tejada was walked intentionally, Markakis blooped a single to center that easily scored the winning run.

"He made a good pitch to Markakis, and he fought it off for a base hit," Boston manager Terry Francona said.

David Hernandez (2-5) pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the Orioles, who won for the first time since May 25. Baltimore still owns the worst record in the majors (16-41).

During his postgame interview, Samuel was asked if he had taken a celebratory shaving-cream pie to the face.

"Unless they're trying to sneak up on me, but not yet so far," he replied.

When he was done speaking, Samuel got up and quickly backed away when he saw center fielder Adam Jones holding a towel full of cream.

"I'm still the fastest," Samuel said with a chuckle.

In the clubhouse, while Samuel was exchanging handshakes and hugs with several players, Markakis said, "He has his first win out of the way. It's like a rookie going up there and getting his first hit out of the way. Now he can relax and manage us and have fun with it."

Victor Martinez homered for the Red Sox, whose seven-game road winning streak ended.

"Those guys have been trying big-time to win a game," Boston's David Ortiz said. "If somebody plays the game the way they played today, you have to tip your hat."

With the score 2-all in the bottom of the eighth, Scott Moore hit an RBI double off Manny Delcarmen to give Baltimore its first lead in the three-game series.

But a series of injuries have left the Orioles without a proven closer, and Will Ohman couldn't make the advantage stand up. After Boston put runners on the corners with one out in the ninth, Dustin Pedroia tied it with a sacrifice fly.

The Orioles' bullpen has blown more saves this season (11) than it has converted (nine).

In the bottom of the ninth, Ty Wigginton drew a two-out walk from Jonathan Papelbon and was sprinting around the bases when center fielder Mike Cameron made an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch of a drive by Lou Montanez. Cameron missed Boston's previous five games with soreness related to an abdominal tear.

"It was a great catch," Francona said. "I know he's probably feeling a little bit. We kept checking with him as the game went on. He went and got that one pretty well."

Orioles starter Brian Matusz allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking four. The rookie is winless in nine starts since April 18.

John Lackey gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings, the eighth straight Boston starter to go at least six innings.

"I think he just loves competing," Francona said. "You're going to get the best out of him when the game is on the line."

  • The game lasted 4 hours, 20 minutes.
  • Baltimore is 5-2 in extra-inning games, including 4-0 against Boston.
  • Matusz has yielded five homers in his last four starts.
  • Martinez has nine multihit games in his last 13.
  • Moore had his first multihit game since Sept. 28, 2007.
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After a bloop single by Nick Markakis, Cesar Izturis comes around to score the game-winning run. (AP)
After a bloop single by Nick Markakis, Cesar Izturis comes around to score the game-winning run. (AP)

Players of the Game

N. Markakis
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

V. Martinez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Miguel Tejada, DH5010103 .256
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Game Information
Attendance - 27774
Game Time - 4:20
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Victor Carapazza