Wrap-up: Orioles 12, Red Sox 9

(Mike Ricigliano / Special…)
May 02, 2010|By Steve Gould, The Baltimore Sun

How it happened: The Orioles appeared to be in trouble when the Red Sox took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth. The offense came alive in the bottom of the fifth, however, exploding for six runs, the most the Orioles have scored in an inning this season.

Ty Wigginton started the fireworks with a one-out solo homer. Rhyne Hughes singled and Nolan Reimold walked before Cesar Izturis hit into a fielder's choice, advancing Hughes to third. Adam Jones drove in Hughes with a lightly hit infield single, and Nick Markakis knocked in Izturis with a single to center field. Then came the big shot, a three-run blast by Matt Wieters, his second homer of the year.

The Orioles added four more runs in the sixth on Wigginton's second homer of the game and a three-run shot by Markakis (who had five RBIs on the night) -- and it was a good thing they did.

Boston surged back with four runs in the top of the seventh and a run in the top of the eighth -- sandwiched around an Orioles homer by Luke Scott -- to pull within three runs at 12-9.

Alfredo Simon, who appears to be the Orioles' anointed closer, got the job done in the ninth inning, however, retiring the side after issuing a leadoff walk to record the second save of his major league career and secure Brad Bergesen's first win of the season in his first Orioles start since being demoted to Triple-A Norfolk.

He said it: "We're just happy and enjoying the moment. We've been facing really good pitchers, and everybody was tired of going to the plate and making an out." -- Miguel Tejada, Orioles third baseman.

You said it: "Great game, Bergy got banged around but the ball was flying out of the park tonight all around." -- Oriole-Bob, commenting on The Sun's Orioles message board.

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