BOSTON — David Lough started the 12th inning with a triple, and J.J. Hardy followed with a tiebreaking single that gave the Baltimore Orioles a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Lough began the 12th with a shot off Edward Mujica (2-4) that rolled all the way to the wall in center. Hardy then singled through the drawn-in Boston infield for his third RBI of the game.
Closer Zach Britton threw the bottom of the 12th and recorded his 14th save as the first-place Orioles remained on top in the American League East. The second out came when designated hitter David Ortiz lined a shot off the Green Monster and tried for a double, but Lough easily gunned him down at second base.
Brad Brach (4-0) got the win after throwing three scoreless innings in relief — the ninth, 10th and 11. He struck out four and got his second win of the series. The Baltimore pitchers struck out 16 in the game despite allowing up 15 hits.
The Orioles (48-40) won two of three in the weekend series, improving to 6-1 over the past week. The Red Sox (39-49) fell for the fifth time in six games.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 3-for-6, and Hardy, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Ryan Flaherty added two hits apiece for Baltimore.
Ortiz went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia collected two hits, and Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts each had two hits.
Baltimore’s bullpen, so effective in recent games, couldn’t hold a big late-game lead.
Down 6-1, the Red Sox tied the game with a seventh-inning rally against four Baltimore pitchers.
David Ross hit a solo homer off T.J. McFarland, and Bogaerts, Daniel Nava added run-scoring singles off Ryan Webb. The only batter Brian Matusz faced, Ortiz, collected a run-scoring single. Tommy Hunter entered for Baltimore, and Mike Napoli promptly hit a game-tying single to left.
Ahead 2-1 when Boston starter Jake Peavy exited after six innings, the Orioles added four runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Peavy allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out three. Over his past 13 starts, Peavy is 0-7 with a 5.33 ERA. His lone win of the season came on April 25 at Toronto.
Boston trailed 2-0 before Ortiz hit an RBI single in the sixth to slice the lead in half.
In the top of the seventh, Steve Pearce led off with an infield single against reliever Burke Badenhop, and Pearce went to second on Jones’ hit. Cruz’s single to center drove in a run, with Jones stopping at second. Both runners moved up on Delmon Young’s flyout to right.
Junichi Tazawa replaced Badenhop, and Hardy greeted him with a two-run single. Machado added a base hit, and Flaherty followed with a single to right that scored Hardy for a 6-1 lead.
Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
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NOTES: The Orioles recalled Gausman from the minors to start Sunday, and RHP Ramon Ramirez was designated for assignment. Ramirez appeared in one game this season, throwing a scoreless inning against the Texas Rangers on June 30. ...LHP Tommy Layne, Boston’s extra player for the doubleheader, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. He got two outs and walked a batter in the Saturday nightcap, his Red Sox debut.