BOSTON — A game that started with an emotional pregame tribute to the victims and survivors of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, ended in the Red Sox winning 6-5 in walk-off fashion on a Baltimore Orioles error in the ninth inning Sunday night at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox came back from a five-run deficit to tie the game with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.
With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Orioles reliever Darren O’Day got pinch hitter Mike Carp to line out to David Lough in left field. But with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia on third, Lough threw wildly to home, allowing Pedroia to score the winning run.
The Orioles had a chance in the top of the ninth but center fielder Adam Jones was stranded on third when Edward Mujica struck out Lough to end the inning.
Left fielder Jonny Gomes’ three-run homer in the sixth, scoring designated hitter David Ortiz and first baseman Mike Napoli, knocked Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez from the game. Jimenez had been nearly unhittable, allowing just two baserunners, both on walks, before Gomes’ two-out double in the fourth.
Left-hander Zach Britton replaced Jimenez, running into a jam in the seventh when his defense hurt him with two errors. Ryan Flaherty moved from third to shortstop to start the inning after J.J. Hardy left with a right hamstring strain.
With one out, third baseman Brock Holt singled and center fielder Grady Sizemore reached on Flaherty’s error. Pedroia’s single loaded the bases for Ortiz, whose singled scored Holt and ended Britton’s outing. Right-hander Evan Meek entered, inducing a sharply hit grounder from Napoli to rookie third baseman Jonathan Schoop, whose throw home was off the mark, allowing Sizemore to score the tying run.
The Orioles jumped on Red Sox starter Jake Peavy for three runs in the first inning. With one out, designated hitter Nelson Cruz hit the Orioles’ first home run in five games. A walk to first baseman Chris Davis and consecutive singles by Jones and catcher Matt Wieters scored another run. Hardy followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox could do little with Jimenez, who entered with 1-3 record and 10.27 ERA in five career starts against Boston. The first hit off Jimenez was a two-out double in the fourth by Gomes.
The Orioles added a run off Peavy in the fifth when Wieters and Hardy singled with two outs and Lough’s ground-rule double put Baltimore ahead 4-0.
Notes: Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks, who has been on the disabled list since April 5 with a right calf strain, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment today with Triple-A Pawtucket. He is expected to get Tuesday off and play for Pawtucket again Wednesday and Thursday. ... Boston RF Shane Victorino, who has been out all season with after suffering a right hamstring strain in the final spring training game, began a rehab assignment on Saturday with Pawtucket. He went 0-for-3, playing six innings in right field. He had a scheduled day off on Sunday and will resume his assignment on Monday, getting four at-bats in seven or eight innings and then nine innings on Tuesday. He could be activated after that. ... Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore led off and played center field on Saturday night. It was his third outfield position in as many games. ... Orioles 3B Manny Machado, on the DL all season recovering from left knee surgery, is scheduled to play seven innings at third base on Monday in extended spring training and serve as the DH on Tuesday. ... Baltimore RHP Troy Patton will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday to begin a scheduled eight-day assignment. Patton has been on the suspended list for a positive test for amphetamines. He will be eligible to pitch for the Orioles on April 30