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Orioles score five in ninth inning, stun Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Most of the seats were empty late on a rainy night when the Boston Red Sox's home sellout streak of nearly 10 years ended.

Manny Machado ruined it for the fans who remained.

His three-run homer off closer Joel Hanrahan capped a five-run ninth inning and gave the Baltimore Orioles an 8-5 victory Wednesday night.

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"It was a huge win for us," Machado said after his first home run of the year. "To come out with the victory is just going to give us the big boost that we needed to get this show rolling."

The Orioles were headed for their fourth consecutive loss after back-to-back home runs by Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave Boston a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Then Hanrahan, who was 3 for 3 in save opportunities as Boston's new closer, came on in the ninth.

"I felt fine," he said. "I got ahead of a couple of guys and I just didn't put them away."

Chris Davis started the inning with his fifth home run before Hanrahan, obtained in the offseason from the Pittsburgh Pirates, retired the next two batters. Then he was one strike away from winning, but Ryan Flaherty singled on a 2-2 pitch for his first hit in 18 at-bats this season. He had struck out in his other three at-bats Wednesday.

"You want to get on base and give your team a chance to win," he said. "You never want to wait until the ninth, but it was good resilience and a good win."

Nolan Reimold then walked on four pitches and Nate McLouth walked on a borderline pitch with a 3-2 count, loading the bases.

"There was some calmness and professionalism to those at-bats," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.

On the first pitch to Machado, Hanrahan fired the ball into the dirt for a wild pitch that scored pinch-runner Alexi Casilla with the tying run. And the next pitch was Hanrahan's last of the game -- Machado's home run over the Green Monster in left field. Hanrahan left to a round of boos.

"I probably would have given the same reception," Hanrahan (0-1) said. "They stuck through a rain delay. They stuck it out."

Darren O'Day (1-0) got the victory and Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his third save.

"You've got your closer in the game, the ballgame locked up, it's tough," catcher Saltalamacchia said. "But I still feel that Joel's got some of the best stuff I've ever caught."

The sellout streak began on May 15, 2003, lasted 820 games, including the postseason, and was the longest in major pro sports history. It broke the record of 814 set by the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers from 1977-95. Boston's streak of 794 regular-season sellouts also is the longest in major pro sports history. The previous longest regular-season streak in major league baseball history was 455 set by the Cleveland Indians from 1995-2001.

Nava gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead with his third homer in three games, an opposite-field shot over the Green Monster. Saltalamacchia followed with his first homer, a hard shot over the right-field fence.

Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the first with the help of Boston's first error of the season. McLouth walked before Machado hit a fly ball to right-center. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and right fielder Shane Victorino converged on it. Victorino ducked in front of Ellsbury and the ball fell safely. Victorino was charged with the error during the game, but the error was later given to Ellsbury after manager John Farrell said Ellsbury had called for the ball late.

Machado moved to third on the play and scored on a groundout by Nick Markakis.

The Red Sox tied it in the second on a walk to Nava and an RBI-double by Saltalamacchia. They went ahead 3-1 in the third when Jackie Bradley Jr. led off with a walk, Ellsbury tripled him home and Victorino hit a sacrifice fly.

Another error helped the Orioles tie the game in the fourth. Markakis started the inning with his first home run of the season. Adam Jones then walked, extending his hitting streak to all eight games, and moved up on a wild pitch. Matt Wieters then singled to left and Jones scored when the ball eluded Bradley.

Notes

  • The game was delayed by rain for 43 minutes after the fifth inning with the score 3-3.
  • Reimold returned to the lineup after leaving Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins with a strained right hamstring.
  • There was a moment of silence before the game for Dave O'Hara, the former New England sports editor for The Associated Press in Boston, who died Wednesday at the age of 86.
  • The Red Sox activated SS Stephen Drew from the seven-day concussion disabled list, optioned SS Jose Iglesias to Pawtucket and called up RHP Alex Wilson from that Triple-A team.
  • The Orioles traded RHP Luis Ayala to Atlanta for LHP Chris Jones. Jones was assigned to Double-A Bowie. Baltimore purchased the contract of OF Chris Dickerson from Triple-A Norfolk.
 
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Manny Machado's three-run shot -- one pitch after a wild pitch ties it -- puts Baltimore ahead with two outs in the ninth. (Getty Images)
Manny Machado's three-run shot -- one pitch after a wild pitch ties it -- puts Baltimore ahead with two outs in the ninth. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Machado
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

J. Saltalamacchia
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF2200310 .250
Manny Machado, 3B5113011 .200
Nick Markakis, RF5112021 .333
Adam Jones, CF4110032 .471
Chris Davis, 1B4111022 .393
Matt Wieters, C4010010 .269
J.J. Hardy, SS3000100 .194
Ryan Flaherty, 2B4010032 .056
    Alexi Casilla, PR-2B0100000 .250
Nolan Reimold, DH3000112 .200
    Chris Dickerson, PR-DH0100000 .000
Totals34866514  
Batting
HR - Manny Machado (1, Hanrahan), Nick Markakis (1, Dempster), Chris Davis (5, Hanrahan)
RBI - Manny Machado 3 (4), Nick Markakis 2 (3), Chris Davis (18)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Machado 3 (4)
SB - Alexi Casilla (2, 2nd base off Hanrahan/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Flaherty-Hardy-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Arrieta 5333420 7.20
Tommy Hunter 1222022 7.36
Troy Patton 1000000 0.00
Darren O'Day (W,1-0) 1000020 0.00
Jim Johnson (S,3) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 69-39, Tommy Hunter 26-19, Troy Patton 12-10, Darren O'Day 9-8, Jim Johnson 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 6-6, Tommy Hunter 1-0, Troy Patton 2-1, Jim Johnson 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 21, Tommy Hunter 5, Troy Patton 3, Darren O'Day 3, Jim Johnson 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4111000 .270
Shane Victorino, RF3001000 .313
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3000120 .323
Mike Napoli, 1B3000120 .176
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4000021 .250
Daniel Nava, DH3211100 .467
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4132010 .300
Stephen Drew, SS4000002 .000
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF2100101 .130
Totals3055547  
Batting
2B - Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (3, Arrieta, Arrieta)
3B - Jacoby Ellsbury (2, Arrieta)
HR - Daniel Nava (3, Hunter), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1, Hunter)
SF - Shane Victorino (1)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (8), Shane Victorino (5), Daniel Nava (7), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Nava (1), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (3)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Jackie Bradley Jr. (1, Misplayed grounder), Shane Victorino (1, Dropped fly)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster 5331271 3.60
Koji Uehara 1000010 0.00
Junichi Tazawa (H,2) 1000020 2.25
Andrew Bailey (H,4) 1000120 0.00
Joel Hanrahan (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2355212 11.57
Andrew Miller 0.1000010 6.75
WP - Ryan Dempster (1), Joel Hanrahan (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 93-60, Koji Uehara 12-8, Junichi Tazawa 14-8, Andrew Bailey 18-9, Joel Hanrahan 31-17, Andrew Miller 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 7-2, Koji Uehara 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 21, Koji Uehara 3, Junichi Tazawa 3, Andrew Bailey 4, Joel Hanrahan 7, Andrew Miller 1
Game Information
Attendance - 30862
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Ed Hickox