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O's rally in 12th to win again in extras

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BOSTON -- When a game goes into extra innings, the Baltimore Orioles have been almost unbeatable. When Jim Thome comes up in a big situation, his teammates are confident he'll deliver.

Thome did that Saturday, doubling in the go-ahead run in a 9-6 win in 12 innings over the Boston Red Sox that was Baltimore's 16th straight victory in games that reach overtime.

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The 22-year veteran came through in his first game after nearly two months on the disabled list, enabling the Orioles to remain one game behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. They lead the Oakland Athletics by two games for the league's No. 1 wild-card berth.

"This situation is not new to him," said Adam Jones, who doubled and scored on Thome's hit. "He's missed some time, but stepping into that box ... he always rises to the occasion."

Just as the Orioles rise to the challenge of extra-inning games. Their winning streak in those games is the best in the majors since the Cleveland Indians won 17 straight in 1949. The Orioles are 16-2 in extras this year, losing only to the Yankees on April 10-11.

"We've had so much experience at it there's not some sense of panic," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.

The Orioles won their sixth in a row overall.

Thome had two homers, six RBI and 10 walks in 18 games after being acquired from Philadelphia on July 1 before going on the disabled list from July 31 until Friday with a herniated disc in his neck.

"These guys have been playing very well and to come in and get a big hit like that is big," he said. "You want to be a part of what they're doing and I think that's what makes you work hard when you're down [in the minors] because you really don't know when you're on rehab how the process is going to go. So being here and being in this atmosphere, you enjoy every minute of it."

Thome was having a rough day in his first appearance since July 27, and was 0 for 5 with a double play and two strikeouts. But the slugger gave Baltimore a 7-6 lead with his ground-rule double off Alfredo Aceves (2-10). Endy Chavez and Manny Machado added RBI singles to pad the lead.

"The game is a weird game. That's what makes it so fun," Thome said. "You can be 0 for 5 and continue to be positive and keep battling and you get a big hit like that."

Tommy Hunter (6-8) pitched a perfect 11th and Jim Johnson finished to extend his franchise record to 47 saves. He's blown just three.

Jones earlier hit his 31st home run.

The Red Sox are 0-7 in extra-inning games at home.

"At the end of the season, the teams that you see go into the playoffs pull out the extra-inning games," Boston's Cody Ross said. "We just haven't been able to do that this year."

Their lineup Saturday had seven players, including starter Aaron Cook, who spent time in the minors this year.

"When you don't have the firepower for the big hit," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said, "the guys came up short."

Trailing 6-3, the Red Sox tied the game with two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.

In the seventh, they loaded the bases with no outs against Jake Arrieta on a double by Scott Podsednik, a walk to Pedro Ciriaco and an infield single by Dustin Pedroia. Ross and Ryan Lavarnway each drove in a run when they grounded into forceouts.

Pedro Strop relieved to start the bottom of the eighth and retired the first two batters. But Daniel Nava and Podsednik followed with consecutive doubles, tying it at 6.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first when Nate McLouth led off with a walk, stole second, moved up on a groundout and scored on a grounder by Jones. The Red Sox tied it in the bottom half on a ground-rule double by Pedroia and a single by Lavarnway.

Baltimore made it 2-1 in the second on an RBI single by Machado then added a run in the fourth on a leadoff homer by Mark Reynolds, his 22nd of the year.

Boston tied it in the bottom half of the fourth on a leadoff single by Mike Aviles and Danny Valencia's first homer since the Red Sox acquired him from the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 5. It was his third of the season.

The Orioles went back on top 5-3 in the sixth on a two-run triple by Ryan Flaherty, starting for second baseman Robert Andino, who was in uniform but didn't play after being hit on the left ear flap of his helmet by a pitch in the ninth inning of Baltimore's 4-2 win on Friday night. Results of a CAT scan were negative and Showalter said that, pending results of other tests, he might play Sunday.

Jones made it 6-3 in the seventh with his homer.

"I'm tired of playing extra-inning games, to be honest with you," Jones said, "but, hey, we're not quitting `til that last out is made, and if we need 13, 14 15, up to 18 innings to do the job, then I guess that's just what we have to do."

Notes

  • Three of the Orioles last four games have gone extra innings, wins at Seattle of 4-2 in 18 innings and 3-1 in 11 before opening the series in Boston.
  • The three Red Sox in the lineup who haven't been in the minors this year were Aviles, Pedroia and Ross.
  • Cook had won his previous start after going 0-5 in six before that.
  • Cook had allowed just one stolen base, the fewest among AL pitchers with at least 80 innings, before McLouth stole second in the first.
  • Chris Tillman (8-2) pitches for Baltimore against Felix Doubront (11-9) in Sunday's finale of the three-game series.
 
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Jim Thome drives in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning to lift the O's to their 16th straight victory in extra-inning games. (Getty Images)
Jim Thome drives in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning to lift the O's to their 16th straight victory in extra-inning games. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

D. Valencia
AB 6
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF6100125 .240
J.J. Hardy, SS6000014 .234
Adam Jones, CF6222010 .289
Matt Wieters, C5030101 .254
Jim Thome, DH6011024 .248
    Xavier Avery, PR-DH0100000 .223
Mark Reynolds, 1B6111032 .230
Chris Davis, RF3220100 .261
    Endy Chavez, PR-RF2111000 .208
Manny Machado, 3B6132012 .266
Ryan Flaherty, 2B4022210 .225
Totals509159511  
Batting
2B - Adam Jones (37, Aceves), Matt Wieters 2 (26, Cook, Cook), Jim Thome (6, Aceves), Manny Machado (7, Cook), Ryan Flaherty (1, Cook)
3B - Ryan Flaherty (1, Hill)
HR - Adam Jones (31, Mortensen), Mark Reynolds (22, Cook)
RBI - Adam Jones 2 (79), Jim Thome (22), Mark Reynolds (67), Endy Chavez (12), Manny Machado 2 (19), Ryan Flaherty 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Endy Chavez (2), Manny Machado (4)
SB - Nate McLouth (9, 2nd base off Cook/Lavarnway)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Flaherty-Reynolds
E - Manny Machado (3, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf 5733221 5.65
Jake Arrieta (H,1) 2222120 5.96
Pedro Strop (BS,7) 1211010 2.37
Luis Ayala 1.2100030 2.63
Brian Matusz 0.1000110 5.00
Tommy Hunter (W,6-8) 1000000 5.58
Jim Johnson (S,47) 1100010 2.64
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 88-49, Jake Arrieta 27-16, Pedro Strop 13-11, Luis Ayala 23-16, Brian Matusz 11-5, Tommy Hunter 12-10, Jim Johnson 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 7-5, Jake Arrieta 3-1, Pedro Strop 2-0, Tommy Hunter 1-2, Jim Johnson 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 23, Jake Arrieta 9, Pedro Strop 5, Luis Ayala 6, Brian Matusz 2, Tommy Hunter 3, Jim Johnson 4
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pedro Ciriaco, DH5120101 .300
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5120101 .287
Cody Ross, RF6001011 .268
Ryan Lavarnway, C6012012 .171
Mauro Gomez, 1B6010024 .295
Mike Aviles, SS6120001 .251
Danny Valencia, 3B6112042 .193
Daniel Nava, LF3120210 .248
Scott Podsednik, CF4121013 .304
Totals476136410  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (35, Wolf), Daniel Nava (20, Strop), Scott Podsednik 2 (7, Arrieta, Strop)
HR - Danny Valencia (3, Wolf)
SH - Scott Podsednik (8)
RBI - Cody Ross (76), Ryan Lavarnway 2 (12), Danny Valencia 2 (20), Scott Podsednik (12)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Lavarnway (6), Scott Podsednik (5)
CS - Pedro Ciriaco (1, 2nd base by Wolf/Wieters)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Gomez
E - Aaron Cook (5, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Cook 5.1955211 5.13
Rich Hill 0.1100010 2.00
Clayton Mortensen 1.1111231 2.70
Craig Breslow 1000010 2.82
Junichi Tazawa 1000020 1.58
Andrew Bailey 1000000 6.23
Mark Melancon 1000020 6.64
Alfredo Aceves (L,2-10) 0.2333010 5.31
Chris Carpenter 0.1100100 1.93
IBB - Davis by Clayton Mortensen
WP - Clayton Mortensen (3), Chris Carpenter (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 77-48, Rich Hill 6-5, Clayton Mortensen 27-17, Craig Breslow 15-13, Junichi Tazawa 17-11, Andrew Bailey 15-9, Mark Melancon 14-10, Alfredo Aceves 15-11, Chris Carpenter 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 9-5, Clayton Mortensen 1-0, Junichi Tazawa 1-0, Andrew Bailey 2-1, Mark Melancon 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 26, Rich Hill 2, Clayton Mortensen 7, Craig Breslow 3, Junichi Tazawa 3, Andrew Bailey 3, Mark Melancon 3, Alfredo Aceves 5, Chris Carpenter 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37570
Game Time - 4:14
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner