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Now to make up for lost time:
The Orioles dropped two out of three against the Boston Red Sox this week at Camden Yards. The O’s were shut out the first game 4-0, had their largest come back in franchise history in the second game 11-10, and blew a 5-1 lead yesterday losing 6-5.
Let’s skip the shutout and go straight to the come back.
On Tuesday the Orioles figured out a way to be the Sportcenter highlight of the night — and they aren’t even from New York — all they had to do was comeback from a nine run deficit after an hour and eleven minute rain delay. Piece of cake.
42-year-old John Smoltz was on the mound looking for his 211th career win against the Orioles. He kept the O’s to one run until the storms hit Baltimore. Down 10-1 in the bottom of the 7th, the Orioles put together their largest come from behind victory in franchise history beating their previous record set in 1956.
Oscar Salazar hit a pinch hit three run homerun, Felix Pie, who had 2 RBI on the night, had a run scoring single, Wigginton and Roberts drove men in, and then Nick Markakis off the Irish jig dancing Jonathan Papelbon gave the O’s the lead with a 2 RBI double.
Papelbon had 20 straight saves and held Markakis to a career 0-6 going into that magical evening. Too bad for him.
George Sherrill came in and got the save, his 17th of the year. Camden Yards was electric.
Then the O’s played a day game. The rookie Brad Bergesen against the veteran Josh Becket. Bergy was dealing and the Birds, full of swagger, put up five against Major League Baseball’s biggest baby, Josh Becket.
Luke Scott and Ty Wigginton pounded homers off the Sox’s ace, while Brad Bergesen fanned six and walked none in his 8 innings of work.
In the 9th, Dave Trembley replaced Bergy with Jim Johnson who was charged with two runs and George Sherrill who was charged with two.
Julio Lugo hit an RBI single in the 11th to end it.
The Birds were three outs away from winning the series against Boston and couldn’t get it done.
But hey, we’ve got more wins against the Sox than the Yankees do.