O’s nip Red Sox to avoid sweep

Updated: August 29, 2013

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Chris Davis’ RBI double in the fifth inning
proved to be the difference, as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox,
3-2, to avoid a three-game sweep.

Manny Machado knocked in two runs for the Orioles, who moved within 6 1/2
games of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. Baltimore is 3 1/2
contests behind Oakland for the second wild card spot.

Baltimore starter Chris Tillman (15-4) allowed two runs on six hits while
striking out eight over seven innings. The right-hander improved to 8-1 on the
road this season. He’s the first 15-game winner for the Orioles since Erik
Bedard in 2006.

Shane Victorino hit a solo homer for Boston, which had won four in a row.
Stephen Drew had an RBI.

Jon Lester (12-8) got the start for the Red Sox and gave up three runs on five
hits while walking three over six innings. The left-hander fell to 15-3
lifetime against the Orioles.

Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Daniel Nava doubled to
left and raced home on Drew’s two-out single to right.

The Orioles responded with two runs in the third. Brian Roberts reached base
on a fielder’s choice and Nate McLouth walked. Machado followed with a two-run
double to left-center field. Baltimore, however, left men on first and second
due to Victorino’s running catch in right-center field to end the inning.

The visitors tacked on another run in the fifth. Adam Jones worked a two-out
walk and crossed the plate on Davis’ double off the Green Monster, making it

Victorino’s homer in the sixth made it a one-run contest.

The Red Sox had a chance to tie the game in the eighth. Jacoby Ellsbury
singled, stole second and advanced to third when Dustin Pedroia flied out.
Brian Matusz came in from the bullpen and got David Ortiz to go down swinging.

Jim Johnson tossed the ninth to pick up his AL-leading 41st save of the

Game Notes

Baltimore leads the season series by a 7-6 margin … Tillman improved to 4-1
lifetime against the Red Sox … Lester fell to 4-1 at home this season …
Boston went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded five, while
the Orioles went 3-for-12 with RISP and left 10 men on.