Red Sox 6, Orioles 3

The Boston Red Sox, and Clay Buccholz in particular, put on a

good show for three members of the team ownership committee who

ventured to Camden Yards to get a firsthand look at their

struggling ballclub.

Buchholz shook off a rocky start to earn his 11th win, Dustin

Pedroia singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the

Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Thursday night to avoid a

three-game sweep.

Principal owner John Henry, chairman Thomas Werner and president

and CEO Larry Lucchino were all in attendance following a rough

stretch in which Boston lost six of eight to bring up questions

surrounding the job security of first-year manager Bobby


The trio visited the clubhouse before the game and showed up

again afterward.

”They said they were bringing us luck,” Valentine said.

”After we started (behind) 2-0, I was looking for an early flight


After giving up three runs and six hits over the first two

innings, Buchholz (11-3) kept the Orioles at bay while the Red Sox

rebounded from a 3-1 deficit. The right-hander ended up allowing

three runs, eight hits and three walks over eight innings. He

struck out seven.

”He brought the competitive spirit to a new level tonight,”

Valentine said. ”They were jumping on his early pitches, he got

down early. But when he saw we had some resiliency in our offense,

he shut the door. He shut it quick.”

Buchholz was delighted to perform so well for the men who sign

his paycheck.

”They are the ones that put the team together,” he said. ”It

was good to see those guys here. It added motivation. They’ve got

busy lives, so they could have been somewhere else. Instead, they

were here showing us they were behind us and supporting us.”

Alfredo Aceves worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save.

Adrian Gonzalez had two RBIs and Cody Ross chipped in with three

hits for Boston. Serving as designated hitter for the first time

this season, Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 4 to end his 38-game

hitting streak against Baltimore.

Mark Reynolds homered and Adam Jones had two RBIs for the

Orioles, now 8-4 against Boston this season. Reynolds has four

homers in his last six games after going 20 straight without


Despite the loss, Baltimore finished 7-3 on a homestand against

Seattle, Kansas City and the Red Sox.

”Our guys wanted to win all 10. That’s the way we approached

it,” manager Buck Showalter said. ”Tonight they took advantage of

some of our pitching struggles.”

The Red Sox took a 6-3 lead with a three-run sixth against Luis

Ayala (4-4). With runners at the corners and two outs, Pedroia hit

a short chopper toward third that a charging Manny Machado couldn’t

handle. Gonzalez and Ross followed with run-scoring singles.

Before the game, talk in the Boston clubhouse centered around

Ellsbury, a fixture in the Boston outfield playing DH for the first

time since July 18, 2011. Valentine said, ”The last couple days we

have been concerned about a leg situation. This is just being

overcautious and aware of the situation.”

Ellsbury, however, said, ”My leg feels good. I played the last

two nights on it.”

Coming in, Orioles starter Chris Tillman had allowed 24 runs

this season – 14 in the first inning. After striking out Ellsbury

to begin the game, Tillman gave up a one-out double to Carl

Crawford before retiring Pedroia and Gonzalez.

Baltimore went up 2-0 in the bottom half. Nick Markakis and J.J.

Hardy singled before Jones hit an opposite-field, two-run double

inside the first base line.

Boston got a run in the second on a two-out RBI single by Scott


Reynolds homered on the first pitch in the Orioles’ half with a

drive to center. It was an uncharacteristic start for Buchholz, who

didn’t allow more than two runs in any of his previous five outings

and had a 1.15 ERA over that span.

”Clay had a rough time early, then after that he threw a gem,”

Ross said.

The Red Sox pulled even in the fifth. Crawford singled, took

third on a double by Pedroia and scored on a wild pitch. Gonzalez

followed with a sacrifice fly to chase Tillman, who threw 110

pitches in 4 2-3 innings.

”You’ve got to tip your hat a little bit to Boston; they really

made (Tillman) work for everything,” Showalter said. ”They had a

lot of foul balls. He had a lot of counts in his favor but he

couldn’t finish hitters off.”

NOTES: Boston received RHP Pedro Beato from the Mets as the

player to be named in the trade Tuesday that sent C Kelly Shoppach

to New York. Beato, a former first-round draft pick of the Orioles,

will report to Triple-A Pawtucket. … Baltimore placed INF Wilson

Betemit (wrist) on the 15-day DL and recalled Joe Mahoney from

Triple-A Norfolk. … Pedroia stretched his hitting streak to 11

games, three short of his season high. … In 12 games against

Boston this year, Reynolds is 13 for 30 (.433) with five homers,

four doubles and 14 RBIs.