Wrap-up: Orioles 3, Red Sox 2, 10 innings

May 02, 2010|By Steve Gould, The Baltimore Sun

How it happened: After a gritty performance by Orioles starter Kevin Millwood (eight innings, two runs on five hits and four walks) and two scoreless innings of relief from Will Ohman and Matt Albers, this one came down to two great at-bats in the bottom of the 10th inning.

With the score tied at 2, Nick Markakis fell behind 1-2 to Boston's All-Star closer, Jonathan Papelbon, before drawing an eight-pitch walk.

That brought up Ty Wigginton, who fouled off five straight pitches -- interrupted by an errant pickoff attempt by Papelbon that allowed Markakis to advance to second -- before ripping a double to left-center, scoring Markakis and sealing not only an Orioles victory, but also the team's first home sweep of the Red Sox since 1998 (a four-game affair) and first three-game sweep of Boston since 1974.

He said it: "It's just great for the team, individuals who have gone through a lot of pain and [ridicule] for 30 days. You can never let it get the best of you. You've got to rise above it; you've got to take the good with the bad. We'll take the good this weekend. It feels real good. It feels tremendous, special. It doesn't come easy. All three games, they didn't give it to us. We had to beat them." -- Dave Trembley, Orioles manager

You said it: "hey why don't we strike while the irons hot, and trade wigginton for ryan howard??" -- jim, commenting on Orioles Insider


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