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Davis hurt as Orioles cap season by beating Red Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- On the last day of the regular season, David Ortiz arrived at the ballpark wearing a white shirt with a pink floral design and a white coat with a bright red handkerchief stuffed in the pocket.

His Boston Red Sox teammates teased away, saying he looked like a waiter or a wedding guest, but the slugger would have none of it.

"You guys are always waiting for the best-looking guy on the team, right?" he said when reporters surrounded his locker.

Ortiz is all dressed up and has a place to go. The Red Sox wrapped up the regular season Sunday with a 7-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, a game that had an exhibition feel for the AL East champions as they look ahead to the playoffs.

"We are right where we need to be," Ortiz said. "You want to make sure that you're in the playoffs, and now it's all about surviving."

The Red Sox finished 97-65, tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the best record in baseball. Boston will open its division series at Fenway Park on Friday against the winner of the AL's wild-card playoff, a layoff so long that manager John Farrell is planning simulated games for Wednesday's workout.

"I think everybody's anticipating Friday, but we've still got some work to do before we get there," Farrell said, "whether that's finding out who we're going to play, but, more importantly, to continue to address not only the roster internally, but the work that we need to stay as sharp as possible."

Making liberal use of the bench and bullpen with home-field advantage in the postseason already clinched, the Red Sox blew a 5-0 lead and used seven pitchers. Rubby De La Rosa (0-2) gave up Baltimore's go-ahead run in the sixth.

T.J. McFarland (4-1), the second of four Orioles pitchers, threw one scoreless inning for the win.

Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his 50th save, but not before allowing one run and nearly a second that would have tied the game. The Red Sox had men on first and third with one out when Will Middlebrooks ended the game by hitting into a 5-4-3 double play.

Johnson, who had 51 saves last year, became the second player in major-league history with back-to-back 50-save seasons, joining Eric Gagne, who had 52 in 2002 and 55 in 2003.

The Orioles finished 85-77, giving them back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1996-97, an achievement that hardly tempers the disappointment of not repeating last year's run to the playoffs.

The final blow came when Chris Davis sprained his left wrist in the fourth inning on a play at first base. X-rays were negative, but the injury ended his season a couple of hours earlier than expected. The player who accepted the Orioles' MVP award before the game walked off to a standing ovation, finishing tops in the majors in both homers (53) and RBI (138).

"Nothing serious, no broken bones, no fractures, just sprained my wrist," Davis said. "They said it would probably be sore for a few days. It's not going to affect anything going into the offseason, nothing like that. I was really glad to hear that."

Davis was hurt on a nubber by Jacoby Ellsbury. The ball stopped only a few feet in front of home plate, and catcher Steve Clevenger's throw hit Ellsbury on the left side of the back just as Ellsbury was arriving at the bag. Davis' attempt to catch the ball left his outstretched hand in the path of Ellsbury's torso.

Davis' glove flew off, and he immediately grabbed his wrist. He attempted a few throws under the supervision of the trainer before heading to the dugout.

"We dodged a bullet there, hopefully," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "Next week or two passes and he's still got problems, we'll go into more detail with it."

Davis' sub, Ryan Flaherty, picked up the slack, hitting an RBI single in a five-run fifth and a run-scoring double when the Orioles took the lead for good in the sixth.

With the four-day break to come, Red Sox manager Farrell wanted to give multiple innings to multiple pitchers. Scheduled starter John Lackey was scratched for Allen Webster, who threw three hitless innings. Felix Doubront pitched a scoreless fourth but fell apart in the fifth, retiring only one of the eight batters he faced as the Orioles scored five to tie the game.

"We got everybody to the mound that we hoped to," Farrell said. "We found some things out, at least in the short run."

Notes

Ellsbury began the game with his 10th career leadoff homer, breaking the club record held by Dom DiMaggio and Tommy Harper. ... Baltimore set a major-league record with 54 errors in a 162-game season, 11 fewer than the previous mark set by the 2003 Mariners. ... The Red Sox finished the season with 39 consecutive successful stolen base attempts. Their 86.6 percentage for the season (123 for 142) is the best by an AL team since the statistic has been tracked in the league, starting in 1920. ... Orioles CF Adam Jones sat out with a sore right wrist, which he hurt while fouling off a pitch in the seventh inning of Saturday night's game. ... The Orioles drew more than 2.3 million, their best season attendance since 2005.

 
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The Orioles end the season on a high note with a win over the Red Sox and earn a second-straight winning season.  (USATSI)
The Orioles end the season on a high note with a win over the Red Sox and earn a second-straight winning season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

Q. Berry
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

R. Flaherty
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5121011 .298
Xander Bogaerts, SS4000132 .250
David Ortiz, DH5220003 .309
Mike Napoli, 1B4021120 .259
   Jackie Bradley Jr., PR0000000 .189
Mike Carp, LF5021001 .296
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5000014 .227
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C2110000 .273
   a-Ryan Lavarnway, PH-C2000001 .299
John McDonald, 2B2120100 .116
   b-Jonny Gomes, PH1000000 .247
   Brock Holt, 2B0000000 .203
Quintin Berry, RF4122012 .625
Allen Webster, P0000000 .000
   Felix Doubront, P0000000 .000
   Rubby De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
Totals39613538  
a-grounded out for Saltalamacchia in the 6th
b-flied out for McDonald in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Napoli (38, Tillman), Mike Carp (18, Hammel)
HR - Jacoby Ellsbury (9, Tillman), Quintin Berry (1, Tillman)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (53), Mike Napoli (92), Mike Carp (43), Quintin Berry 2 (4)
SB - Quintin Berry (3, 2nd base off McFarland/Clevenger)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Bogaerts-McDonald-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Allen Webster 3000320 8.60
Felix Doubront 1.1555320 4.32
Rubby De La Rosa (L,0-2) 0.2111000 5.56
Matt Thornton 0.1111000 3.74
Ryan Dempster 0.2100000 4.57
Craig Breslow 1100010 1.81
Koji Uehara 1100010 1.09
WP - Matt Thornton (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Allen Webster 49-31, Felix Doubront 55-35, Rubby De La Rosa 15-10, Matt Thornton 3-2, Ryan Dempster 10-7, Craig Breslow 15-10, Koji Uehara 12-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Allen Webster 4-3, Felix Doubront 1-1, Rubby De La Rosa 2-0, Matt Thornton 1-0, Ryan Dempster 1-1, Craig Breslow 1-0, Koji Uehara 2-0
Batters Faced - Allen Webster 12, Felix Doubront 12, Rubby De La Rosa 3, Matt Thornton 2, Ryan Dempster 3, Craig Breslow 3, Koji Uehara 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, DH4110122 .249
Nick Markakis, RF3110201 .271
J.J. Hardy, SS5112014 .263
Chris Davis, 1B0000100 .286
   Ryan Flaherty, 1B3122000 .224
Steve Pearce, LF2000204 .261
Nate McLouth, CF4012024 .258
Danny Valencia, 3B4010013 .304
Steve Clevenger, C4110003 .217
Jonathan Schoop, 2B4220000 .286
Chris Tillman, P0000000 .000
   T.J. McFarland, P0000000 .000
   Jason Hammel, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
Totals33710666  
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (12, Thornton), Nick Markakis (24, Uehara), J.J. Hardy (27, Doubront), Ryan Flaherty (11, Dempster), Nate McLouth (31, Doubront)
RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (76), Ryan Flaherty 2 (27), Nate McLouth 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Flaherty (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Valencia-Schoop-Flaherty
E - Steve Clevenger (1, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman 5854152 3.71
T.J. McFarland (W,4-1) 1100200 4.22
Jason Hammel (H,1) 2100020 4.97
Jim Johnson (S,50) 1311010 2.94
WP - Chris Tillman (6), Jim Johnson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 88-52, T.J. McFarland 24-11, Jason Hammel 27-18, Jim Johnson 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 4-6, T.J. McFarland 2-1, Jason Hammel 2-2, Jim Johnson 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 24, T.J. McFarland 6, Jason Hammel 7, Jim Johnson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44230
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Bill Welke