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When the Orioles took a 7-4 lead in the 10th inning on Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox, it seemed they were on their way to finally beating the Red Sox. While they did earn their third win of the year and their first over the Sox in 11 tries, they made it interesting, winning 7-6 in 10 innings.
It all started with a strong outing from Tim Wakefield, who is being kicked out of the rotation in favor of the returning Daisuke Matsuzaka this week. Wake went 6.2 innings and when he left the game, the Red Sox were leading 4-1. He officially allowed two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Enter Hideki Okajima, who did what he does best: allow inherited runners to score. He allowed an RBI double to Nick Markakis and a two-run HR to Miguel Tejada. All of a sudden, Wake wasn’t going to factor into the decision and the game was tied at 4.
The score stayed that way until the 10th inning, when Scott Atchison loaded the bases with no outs. Terry Francona called on lefty Scott Schoeneweis, who then gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Rhyne Hughes and Matt Wieters (both runs charged to Atchison). Manny Delcarmen cleaned up the mess and got the Sox out of the inning without any more damage.
The Sox did what they could to come back, scoring two in the 10th inning on an RBI double from J.D. Drew and an RBI single from Bill Hall. Former Red Sox pitcher Cla Meredith got the final two outs to preserve Baltimore’s third win of the season. Yes, they have improved to 3-16.
Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis went 3-5 with a double, one RBI, and two runs scored.
Tim Wakefield delivered a strong outing and the Red Sox scored enough runs (six) to win most games. Given a three-run lead in the seventh, Hideki Okajima coughed it all up. In the 10th inning, Scott Atchison allowed three runs without recording an out, though Scott Schoeneweis allowed all three runners to score as Atchison left the game with the bases loaded.
W: Jim Johnson (1-0)
L: Scott Atchison (0-1)
SV: Cla Meredith (1)