BOSTON — Crazy things happen when the
This wasn't a 17-inning game. No position players had to pitch. But the comeback the Orioles staged Wednesday night was one they needed to salvage this three-game series at Fenway Park.
Trailing by two runs, the Orioles rallied for a five-run ninth inning against Boston closer
“It was a huge win for us,” Machado said. “We were really never ahead the whole game, and to come out with the victory, it is really going to give us the big boost we needed to get this show going.”
Hanrahan's first pitch to Machado was wild, allowing pinch-runner
Then Machado took a 95-mph fastball from Hanrahan — who threw 32 pitches in the inning — over the Green Monster, silencing what was left of an announced crowd of 30,862, the first nonsellout at Fenway in 795 regular-season games.
Up until Machado's game-winning hit — which was his first career homer in the ninth inning or later — the Orioles struck out 13 times and were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Machado had come to the plate with just one hit in his previous 18 at-bats.
“I've been sticking with the approach that I've had the whole season, sticking to it and not trying to change anything,” Machado said. “That's how you dig yourself into a deeper hole. I just went up there trying to stay with the same approach I've had. And it paid off, finally.”
The Orioles have won 10 of their last 14 against the
After a 43-minute rain delay, Orioles reliever
“Our guys battled,” Orioles manager
“You try to stay in the moment, but you also make sure they know you've got a memory of what they're capable of.”
The rain delay came after Orioles starter
Hunter struck out the first two hitters he faced, including
But he left a 1-1, 96-mph fastball pitch to Daniel Nava up in the zone, and Nava hit his second homer against the Orioles in as many games.
Hunter then made another mistake to
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Machado's fly ball dropped between Red Sox center fielder
Arrieta hurt himself with four walks — two of them came around to score. He issued a two-out walk in the second to Nava, who came around to score on Saltalamacchia's double off the wall in left-center field to tie the game at 1.
Arrieta then issued a leadoff walk to No. 9 hitter
Arrieta then issued back-to-back walks — both on four pitches — to Pedroia and
The Orioles rallied against Boston right-hander
The Orioles stranded runners at first and second with one out that inning after Flaherty struck out and Reimold grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice.