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Paulino's RBI single lifts O's in 10

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BOSTON -- After Jim Johnson blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Baltimore Orioles gave him another shot in the 10th.

Baltimore scored two runs in the 10th and Johnson atoned for his first blown save of the season by putting Boston down in order to end a wild 8-6 win for the Orioles over the Red Sox.

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"I try not to get too high and too low, but that's one of our better wins of the year. That was a real test for us a little bit," manager Buck Showalter said. "J.J.'s picked us up so many times this year and for the guys to come in and pick him up, that was nice."

The Orioles rattled off 15 hits, 13 of which were singles, against the Red Sox while improving to 4-0 at Fenway Park this season. Endy Chavez led Baltimore with three hits, including a single that drove in the second run of the 10th and gave Johnson a two-run cushion once again.

Johnson was one strike away from his 18th save of the season before Boston's Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer to tie it in the bottom of the ninth.

"It was my fault, so I wanted to get back out there," Johnson said. "They knew I was a little hot, so they kind of stayed away. We started putting some guys in position and we started getting some hits and I knew I was going back out. It just worked out."

Johnson (1-0) had a string of converting 25 straight save opportunities dating to last season. He had to settle for a win instead, something that has been rare lately for the Orioles.

Baltimore had lost seven of eight entering the game.

"We've had a lot of good ones, in this environment and a chance to roll over a couple of times," Showalter said. "It doesn't surprise me at all, but it's good to see."

Alfredo Aceves (0-3) walked Mark Reynolds to lead off the 10th and he advanced to second on a bunt by Steve Pearce, who converted his second sacrifice of the game and put the go-ahead run in scoring position.

Ronny Paulino had been 0 for 4 before delivering a single to center to put the Orioles up 7-6. Pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty and Chavez followed with back-to-back singles to right, the second scoring Paulino and giving Baltimore an 8-6 lead entering the bottom of the 10th.

"The last inning, some balls just fell through," Saltalamacchia said. "That's the way the game goes."

The Red Sox couldn't strike twice against Johnson.

The Orioles got five hits in the seventh -- all singles -- and scored three to go up 6-4.

Boston starter Jon Lester was pulled for Scott Atchison after Chavez led off the seventh with a single to left. Robert Andino singled right away off Atchison and J.J. Hardy followed with a single that scored Chavez and tied the game at 4-all. The Orioles still had runners at first and second with nobody out when Adam Jones grounded hard right to Atchison for a potential double play, but Jones was able to outrun the throw.

Boston intentionally walked Matt Wieters to load the bases with one out, then Reynolds blooped a single to right to score Andino and reload the bases for Pearce, who drove in his second run with a single to right to make it 6-4. Matt Albers got out of the jam with no further damage when Paulino grounded into a double play.

Two of Baltimore's three runs were charged to Atchison, who had not allowed a run in a career-high 19 2/3 innings.

"We all threw well. It just wasn't our night from that end of it," Atchison said. "It seemed like when a runner got in scoring position, they found a hole. They hit a ball in the right spot. Those things are going to happen."

Baltimore starter Jason Hammel was pulled after throwing 106 pitches in five innings. He threw 31 in the fifth alone as Boston took advantage of an error and scored twice to tie the game at 2-2.

Mark Reynolds couldn't field Daniel Nava's grounder when it took a tough hop and was called for an error, which was overturned later in the game. Mike Aviles followed with a single, then Scott Podsednik laid down a sacrifice bunt down the first-base line. Reynolds was charging and fielded it quickly, but his throw to try to get Nava at third got past Steve Tolleson and the ball rolled into the photographers' area out of play.

Aviles scored on Dustin Pedroia's shallow fly to center to tie it at 2-all.

Notes

  • Pedroia returned after missing six games with a thumb injury
  • The Orioles swept the Red Sox 3-0 last month in a series at Boston.
  • There was a moment of silence before the game in honor of Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, who was fatally shot Monday while responding to a domestic call for help.
  • The Red Sox optioned RHP Daniel Bard (5-6) to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier Tuesday. Manager Bobby Valentine said that the club felt Bard needs to work on his mechanics in the minors before he gets another shot at making the rotation.
  • Boston activated outfielder Darnell McDonald from the 15-day disabled list.
 
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Ronny Paulino was 0 for 4 before delivering an RBI single in the 10th inning to score the Orioles' go-ahead run.  (AP)
Ronny Paulino was 0 for 4 before delivering an RBI single in the 10th inning to score the Orioles' go-ahead run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Saltalamacchia
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

M. Reynolds
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Robert Andino, 2B6220001 .247
J.J. Hardy, SS6021014 .269
Adam Jones, CF5111022 .312
Matt Wieters, C4121121 .250
Mark Reynolds, 1B3121200 .228
Steve Pearce, LF3012013 .286
Ronny Paulino, DH5111011 .293
Steve Tolleson, 3B4000011 .235
    Ryan Flaherty, 3B1010000 .164
Endy Chavez, RF5231000 .150
Totals42815838  
Batting
2B - Matt Wieters (8, Lester)
3B - J.J. Hardy (2, Lester)
SF - Steve Pearce (1)
SH - Steve Pearce (1)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (25), Adam Jones (35), Matt Wieters (25), Mark Reynolds (14), Steve Pearce 2 (2), Ronny Paulino (4), Endy Chavez (3)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (9), Matt Wieters (9)
SB - Robert Andino (3, 2nd base off Aceves/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - Matt Wieters (1)
E - Steve Tolleson (4, Missed catch of throw)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Hammel 5521370 2.97
Troy Patton (BS,1) 1.1222220 4.05
Luis Ayala (H,6) 0.2100010 2.08
Pedro Strop (H,10) 1100010 1.27
Jim Johnson (BS,1; W,1-0) 2222001 1.44
IBB - Ortiz by Jason Hammel
WP - Jason Hammel (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 106-61, Troy Patton 32-18, Luis Ayala 14-9, Pedro Strop 13-7, Jim Johnson 32-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 5-3, Troy Patton 1-1, Pedro Strop 1-1, Jim Johnson 4-2
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 23, Troy Patton 8, Luis Ayala 3, Pedro Strop 4, Jim Johnson 8
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Scott Podsednik, CF3021100 .400
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3001124 .291
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5000005 .262
David Ortiz, DH4110120 .314
Kevin Youkilis, 3B5000023 .234
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4132110 .279
Ryan Sweeney, RF4100123 .304
Daniel Nava, LF5220010 .309
Mike Aviles, SS5131010 .270
Totals386115511  
Batting
2B - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (11, Ayala)
HR - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (11, Johnson)
SF - Scott Podsednik (1), Dustin Pedroia (3)
SH - Scott Podsednik (4)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (4), Dustin Pedroia (22), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (27), Mike Aviles (33)
2-OUT RBI - Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (12)
CS - Scott Podsednik (1, 2nd base by Hammel/Wieters)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Aviles-Pedroia-Gonzalez, Pedroia-Aviles-Gonzalez
E - Mike Aviles (5, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester 6842150 4.64
Scott Atchison (BS,1) 0.1222100 1.42
Matt Albers 1.2200010 1.88
Alfredo Aceves (L,0-3) 2322120 5.02
WP - Scott Atchison (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 99-63, Scott Atchison 10-5, Matt Albers 19-12, Alfredo Aceves 39-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 7-6, Scott Atchison 1-0, Matt Albers 3-0, Alfredo Aceves 4-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 27, Scott Atchison 4, Matt Albers 6, Alfredo Aceves 10
Game Information
Attendance - 37181
Game Time - 3:34
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt