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Red Sox 11, Orioles 9, Mid 7: Red Sox Build Huge Lead, John Lackey Gives It Back

The Red Sox are ahead by just two runs despite putting up five runs in the third.

After John Lackey had given up two runs to bring the Orioles back to just one down in the top half of the frame, a major 2-out rally put the Sox on top by a huge amount. With Jed Lowrie on first, Darnell McDonald singled to bring him in, and then came home on Jacoby Ellsbury’s double into the corner in left. The top of the Sox’ order would pick up four straight singles before the Orioles finally recorded the third out of the inning.

Unfortunately, Terry Francona wasn’t willing to end John Lackey’s night just yet, and so the Orioles were given a free opportunity to get back into the game. They pushed one across on a Nick Markakis triple in the fourth, and then two more on three hits in the fifth before he was mercifully pulled. With Franklin Morales allowing a walk and a double in the sixth, the Orioles were back to within just two.