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BoSox rally to beat Orioles and move above .500

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BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez loves to hit to left field and the Green Monster is a perfect fit.

It certainly was on Monday night when his opposite-field swing capped a big comeback for the Boston Red Sox.

The powerful lefty smacked a two-run double off the high wall at Fenway Park with one out in the ninth to give the Red Sox an 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles and put them over .500 for the first time this season.

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"I don't worry about statistics or is the park good for me or not," Gonzalez said. "I just go out there and have fun."

Lately, in his first season since being obtained from San Diego, his statistics have been outstanding no matter where he's played.

In the last 10 games -- in Toronto, New York and Boston -- Gonzalez is hitting .348 with seven homers and 16 RBI in 46 at bats. He hit three homers to left field against the Blue Jays and leads the majors with 37 RBI.

The Red Sox won their fourth straight game but trailed 6-0 after 5½ innings.

Coming back from that is pretty tough.

"We've definitely got the team that's more than capable of doing it," Gonzalez said. "Collectively, we were able to have good, consistent at bats."

The Red Sox scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth with Gonzalez singling in one of them.

Mark Reynolds' solo homer gave Baltimore a two-run lead in the seventh. Then Jason Varitek singled in a run in the bottom of the inning, making it 7-6.

When he came up in the ninth after walks to Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, Gonzalez pounced on the first pitch he saw from Kevin Gregg (0-1).

"He's definitely going to try to get ahead" in the count, Gonzalez said. "I just told myself, 'be ready to hit, be ready for something middle away and just stay on top and behind it.' "

Pedroia ran hard from first, figuring Gonzalez had enough power to hit the wall on a night with the wind blowing in. He had little doubt he'd be able to score.

"If I don't, man, I need to go have surgery again," said Pedroia who had an offseason operation for a broken left foot. "I got a good jump on it."

Alfredo Aceves (1-0) got the win, allowing one run in three innings.

Gregg, going for his eighth save, gave up two runs on one swing.

"I wasn't executing pitches, walking two guys to get to their best hitter," he said. "It was a curveball and it was actually a pretty good pitch. He went down and hit if off the wall like he knew what he wanted to do."

Chris Tillman pitched five scoreless innings for the Orioles while they capitalized on Daisuke Matsuzaka's wildness to build their 6-0 lead.

"We had a lot of chances to open it up," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "You get a lot of walks and you never have enough [runs]. We had a chance to stem the tide early."

On the opening pitch of the game, Brian Roberts reached first on a liner that struck Matsuzaka just above the belt. The next batter, Nick Markakis, drew the first of seven walks off the right-hander. One run then scored on a double by Derrek Lee and another on a groundout by Vladimir Guerrero.

Matt Wieters made it 3-0 in the third with an RBI single.

In the fifth, Matsuzaka left after walking two of the first three batters. Scott Atchison came in and gave up an RBI single by Reynolds and a sacrifice fly by J.J. Hardy.

Baltimore went ahead 6-0 in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Adam Jones. Then Mike Gonzalez started the sixth in place of Tillman.

"We would have liked to see him go longer, but his back stiffened up a little," Showalter said.

When Tillman left, the Red Sox came back.

J.D. Drew led off the sixth against Mike Gonzalez with a single and took second when the ball got by left fielder Luke Scott for an error. Jed Lowrie then doubled in Drew. Lowrie took third when Carl Crawford reached on a fielding error by third baseman Reynolds and scored on a single by Varitek.

Gonzalez retired Ellsbury on a fly to left. Jeremy Accardo came in and got Pedroia on a fly out to center before Adrian Gonzalez singled in one run and Kevin Youkilis doubled in two, making it 6-5.

On the winning hit, Pedroia slid home even though he would have scored standing up.

"Youk told me to. I do what I'm told," a smiling Pedroia said. "If I'd have stood up, he'd probably clothesline me, so it worked out good."

For Gonzalez, things are working out great.

Notes

  • Scott, who entered the game with 12 walks, walked four times.
  • Lee was listed as day-to-day after leaving the game in the bottom of the third with a strained left oblique. He was replaced by Jake Fox.
  • left The Red Sox placed RHP John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow and recalled Atchison from Triple-A Pawtucket.
  • The Orioles scored just nine runs while Tillman was in the game in his other seven outings.
  • Baltimore was successful on all four steal attempts.
 
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Adrian Gonzalez watches as his game-winning double lifts the Red Sox above .500 for the first time this season. (AP)
Adrian Gonzalez watches as his game-winning double lifts the Red Sox above .500 for the first time this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Baltimore

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B5110012 .221
Nick Markakis, RF4110111 .245
Derrek Lee, 1B2011001 .231
    Jake Fox, 1B3000011 .158
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5231011 .295
Luke Scott, LF1100401 .232
    Felix Pie, LF0000000 .256
Adam Jones, CF4011113 .283
Matt Wieters, C4111105 .264
Mark Reynolds, 3B5122015 .191
J.J. Hardy, SS3001102 .302
Totals36710786  
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (6, Matsuzaka), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (9, Atchison, Aceves)
HR - Mark Reynolds (5, Aceves)
SF - J.J. Hardy (1)
RBI - Derrek Lee (14), Vladimir Guerrero (15), Adam Jones (23), Matt Wieters (22), Mark Reynolds 2 (19), J.J. Hardy (10)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (9)
SB - Brian Roberts 2 (6, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek), Nick Markakis (3, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek), Mark Reynolds (1, 2nd base off Atchison/Varitek)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Mark Reynolds (7, Misplayed grounder), Luke Scott (1, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman 5500320 5.35
Mike Gonzalez 0.1341000 8.53
Jeremy Accardo (H,1) 0.1211000 4.76
Clay Rapada (H,2) 0.1000100 10.50
Jim Johnson (H,7) 1311020 4.09
Koji Uehara (H,4) 1100110 2.65
Kevin Gregg (BS,3; L,0-1) 0.1122200 3.52
IBB - Drew by Koji Uehara
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 88-52, Mike Gonzalez 21-15, Jeremy Accardo 13-8, Clay Rapada 6-2, Jim Johnson 23-17, Koji Uehara 20-13, Kevin Gregg 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 5-8, Mike Gonzalez 1-1, Clay Rapada 1-0, Koji Uehara 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 23, Mike Gonzalez 5, Jeremy Accardo 3, Clay Rapada 2, Jim Johnson 6, Koji Uehara 5, Kevin Gregg 4
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5120103 .302
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5110105 .245
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5133112 .327
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4022102 .254
David Ortiz, DH4000116 .287
J.D. Drew, RF4120105 .243
Jed Lowrie, SS4221122 .320
Carl Crawford, LF5110014 .208
Jason Varitek, C5122003 .183
Totals41815875  
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (14, Gregg), Kevin Youkilis 2 (11, Accardo, Uehara), Jed Lowrie (9, Gonzalez)
3B - Jed Lowrie (2, Johnson)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 3 (37), Kevin Youkilis 2 (27), Jed Lowrie (18), Jason Varitek 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (16), Kevin Youkilis 2 (10)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (13, 2nd base off Gregg/Wieters), Carl Crawford (6, 2nd base off Tillman/Wieters)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
PB - Jason Varitek (2)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka 4.1555720 5.30
Scott Atchison 1.2311120 6.75
Alfredo Aceves (W,1-0) 3211021 2.60
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 106-57, Scott Atchison 40-24, Alfredo Aceves 31-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 6-5, Scott Atchison 1-2, Alfredo Aceves 1-6
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 25, Scott Atchison 9, Alfredo Aceves 11
Game Information
Attendance - 37138
Game Time - 3:53
Temperature - 48
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Lance Barksdale