Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 5-4

Jonathan Papelbon wasn't looking over his shoulder in the ninth inning last night, even as No. 83 in your program, Eric Gagne, began throwing in the Red Sox bullpen.

Papelbon, the once and future closer, was too busy recording his 24th save in a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Gagne, it turns out, was merely getting some exercise.

"Just a little touch-and-feel session," Gagne said. "I hadn't thrown in five or six days."

Actually, Gagne hadn't thrown in a game ...

BOSTON -- The duo of Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford has filled in admirably since the Orioles lost closer Chris Ray to an elbow injury. But the pair's promotion to later-game situations has created a glaring hole in the middle of the Orioles' bullpen.

The Boston Red Sox exploited it last night after Orioles starter Steve Trachsel spent six innings dodging Red Sox scoring opportunities.

Trying to protect a two-run lead in the seventh inning, Paul Shuey and John Parris...


With his team leading the Boston Red Sox by two runs heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Dave Trembley handed the ball to Paul Shuey, who faced two batters and couldn't get an out. John Parrish relieved him, and he also faced two batters without getting an out as David Ortiz hit an RBI double off the Green Monster and Parrish issued an intentional walk. Chad Bradford came in, but he allowed a two-run double to Kevin Youkilis that gave the Red...