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Davis belts No. 51; O's solve Boston's Uehara in ninth

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BOSTON -- The Baltimore Orioles did plenty to hurt their chances despite Chris Davis' team-record 51st home run.

The best fielding team in the majors committed three errors, Scott Feldman walked a season-high six batters and they had to face Bostoncloser Koji Uehara, who had retired his previous 37 hitters.

But Danny Valencia ended that streak with a triple to lead off the ninth, Matt Wieters' hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and the Orioles beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Tuesday night to stay two games behind in the AL wild-card race.

"They were real frustrated that we didn't make a couple of plays that we normally made," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said, "but the bullpen was really good. Scotty bent but didn't break.

"You don't like your chances there with Koji, but we got a big hit from Danny."

Despite the loss, Boston's magic number to clinch the AL East dropped to three when Tampa Bay lost to Texas 7-1.

The Orioles overcame a 2-0 deficit on Brian Roberts' run-scoring groundout in the fifth and Davis' home run in the sixth that tied the score at 2 and broke the club record set by Brady Anderson in 1996.

"I'm excited," Davis said. "I've said it all along. When you're hitting homers and your team's not winning it feels like it's kind of for nothing. So I was obviously glad to tie the game."

The homer came off starter Ryan Dempster, who allowed three hits in six innings.

"He just lifted that ball and got it up in the air -- way, way, way up in the air -- and it just kept carrying," Dempster said.

Uehara (4-1) fell four outs short of Bobby Jenks' major league record for a reliever of 41 consecutive retired batters set in 2007 and Mark Buehrle's mark for all pitchers of 45 in 2009. The run was the first off Uehara in 30 2/3 innings and ended a streak of 27 scoreless outings since July 9.

"I wasn't aware of it," Valencia said, "but I'm not surprised by it because he's got great stuff."

Valencia led off the ninth with a triple to center and pinch-runner Alexi Casilla scored easily on Wieters' fly to right.

Tommy Hunter (6-4) got the win with a perfect eighth. Jim Johnson got his AL-best 46th save.

"Koji's been so good for us," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Even after the run allowed, he continued to pitch as he has. It didn't faze him and he finished out the inning.

The Red Sox managed just three hits, a leadoff homer by Dustin Pedroia in the first, a double by Mike Carp in the second and a single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia with one out in the ninth.

The Orioles threatened in the eighth when Nate McLouth singled and took third on Manny Machado's AL-leading 51st double with no outs. But Craig Breslow replaced Brandon Workman and needed just six pitches to get out of the jam. With the infield in, he got Davis and Adam Jones to ground out to shortstop Stephen Drew as the runners held then retired Nick Markakis on a fly to left.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead on Pedroia's ninth homer of the season. Left fielder McLouth didn't even move as it went deep into the seats above the Green Monster.

They made it 2-0 in the fourth with the help of two errors by a team that had made only 43 all year.

With one out and third baseman Machado playing in short right field on the shift for Saltalamacchia, he charged a hard grounder and let it get by him for an error. Drew then walked before a double steal put runners at second and third. Xander Bogaerts followed with a low liner to left field that McLouth charged. The ball hit off his glove for an error and Saltalamacchia scored. Bogaerts was credited with a sacrifice fly.

Machado made a throwing error in the seventh on a grounder down the line by Pedroia.

The Orioles made it 2-1 in the fifth when Valencia walked, took third on a double by J.J. Hardy and scored on a groundout by Roberts.

Notes

The Red Sox stole three bases and have been successful in their last 35 attempts. ... With three errors, Baltimore's total of errorless games remained at 113, tied with Houston's total in 2008 for the most since 1900. ... Wei-Yin Chin (7-7) pitches for Baltimore against Jake Peavy (3-1) in the second game of the three-game series Wednesday night. ... The Red Sox recalled IF Brock Holt, and RHPs Brayan Villarreal and Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket.

 
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Baltimore's Chris Davis contributes his MLB-leading 51st home run to the Orioles' win over Boston. (USATSI)
Baltimore's Chris Davis contributes his MLB-leading 51st home run to the Orioles' win over Boston. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

R. Dempster
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 4
K 5
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF3010100 .267
Manny Machado, 3B4020002 .289
Chris Davis, 1B4111023 .293
Adam Jones, CF3000123 .291
Nick Markakis, RF4000013 .271
Danny Valencia, DH2110201 .320
   Alexi Casilla, PR-DH0100000 .220
Matt Wieters, C3001011 .228
J.J. Hardy, SS4010001 .264
Brian Roberts, 2B4001010 .238
Scott Feldman, P0000000 .162
   T.J. McFarland, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Gausman, P0000000 .000
   Brian Matusz, P0000000 .000
   Tommy Hunter, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
Totals3136347  
Batting
2B - Manny Machado (51, Workman), J.J. Hardy (26, Dempster)
3B - Danny Valencia (1, Uehara)
HR - Chris Davis (51, Dempster)
SF - Matt Wieters (11)
RBI - Chris Davis (132), Matt Wieters (73), Brian Roberts (35)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Hardy-Davis, B. Roberts-Hardy-Davis-Machado-B. Roberts-Davis, B. Roberts-Hardy-Davis-Machado-B. Roberts-Davis-Machado-B. Roberts-Davis
E - Manny Machado 2 (13, Misplayed grounder), Nate McLouth (1, )
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman 5221631 3.49
T.J. McFarland 1000020 4.39
Kevin Gausman 1000000 5.91
Brian Matusz 0.1000010 3.40
Tommy Hunter (W,6-4) 0.2000000 2.80
Jim Johnson (S,46) 1100010 3.03
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 103-57, T.J. McFarland 14-9, Kevin Gausman 10-8, Brian Matusz 7-4, Tommy Hunter 12-8, Jim Johnson 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 7-5, T.J. McFarland 1-0, Kevin Gausman 3-0, Tommy Hunter 1-1, Jim Johnson 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 23, T.J. McFarland 3, Kevin Gausman 3, Brian Matusz 1, Tommy Hunter 2, Jim Johnson 4
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4111004 .297
Shane Victorino, CF3000111 .292
David Ortiz, DH4000021 .308
Mike Napoli, 1B2000200 .261
Daniel Nava, RF4000012 .303
Mike Carp, LF4010000 .305
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4110011 .263
   Quintin Berry, PR0000000 .667
Stephen Drew, SS2000210 .246
Xander Bogaerts, 3B2001111 .286
Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
   Brandon Workman, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
Totals2923267  
Batting
2B - Mike Carp (17, Feldman)
HR - Dustin Pedroia (9, Feldman)
SF - Xander Bogaerts (1)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (81), Xander Bogaerts (5)
SB - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (4, 3rd base off Feldman/Wieters), Stephen Drew 2 (6, 3rd base off Feldman/Wieters, 2nd base off Feldman/Wieters)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Drew-Pedroia-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster 6322451 4.64
Brandon Workman 1200010 4.43
Craig Breslow 1000000 1.93
Koji Uehara (L,4-1) 1111010 1.18
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 100-62, Brandon Workman 25-14, Craig Breslow 6-4, Koji Uehara 12-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 5-7, Brandon Workman 1-1, Craig Breslow 2-1, Koji Uehara 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 24, Brandon Workman 5, Craig Breslow 3, Koji Uehara 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35030
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Tim Timmons