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Bullpen Implodes as Sox Lose 9-1

Clay Bucholz reels during a game against the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Boston Herald)

Ty Wigginton broke a seventh-inning tie with a three-run homer off Scott Atchison that landed left of Pesky’s Pole in right field, barely clearing the right field fence. The Orioles scored the game’s final nine runs to pound the sleepy Red Sox 9-1 on Tuesday night.

Clay Buchholz allowed four hits and a run over six innings of work while Scott Atchison gave up a three-run home run to take the loss. Boston had eight hits but managed only one run when Jed Lowrie scored on a Daniel Nava RBI. The loss was the second in row for Boston, and they are nine games back in the AL East.

Wigginton’s homer, which came an inning after Red Sox second baseman Marco Scutaro dropped Felix Pie’s infield pop-up to bring home the game-tying run and end Clay Buchholz’ shutout bid, was his 21st of the season, but his first since Aug. 22. Buchholz struck out Scott and Wieters to start the sixth before Adam Jones singled off Beltre’s glove. Pie hit what appeared to be the inning-ending pop up to second, but the backpedaling Scutaro couldn’t snag it and the tying run scored (from 1st). Buchholz stood off the mound for a minute, pondering how Scutaro could have missed it.

The Orioles won their third straight game at Fenway Park and improved to 9-8 this season against the reeling Red Sox. With only one game remaining between the clubs Wednesday, the Orioles have clinched their first .500-or-better season series against the Red Sox since 2004 and just their second since 1998. They also clinched their first win in a three-game series at Fenway Park since July 2004.

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