Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 7-4

It was a confusing little dance Doug Mirabelli performed while at third base.

Toward home plate. Twist. Turn. Back to third base. And then, in a moment that seemed to make Mirabelli cringe just as surely as it did the 36,457 sun-drenched fans in attendance yesterday at Fenway Park, he plodded toward home, only to be tagged out by Orioles catcher Paul Bako.

Mirabelli's choices were limited, as Dustin Pedroia was advancing to third after Nick Markakis collected the fly to...


After trailing 3-0, the momentum swung in the Orioles' direction in the fifth inning when they scored three runs to tie the game. And things looked even better when Doug Mirabelli botched a tag-up and couldn't score from third on David Ortiz's drive to the warning track, keeping the game tied after six innings. But the Red Sox scored four times off Rob Bell in the seventh, making the base-running gaffe an afterthought.


The Or...

BOSTON -- The frustration level wasn't nearly the same as it was the last time they lost a series to the Boston Red Sox, though the discontent was still palpable. And as the Orioles packed their bags in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park yesterday, there remained a feeling that they had let another opportunity slip away.

No, there wasn't a controversial pitching change or a blown five-run ninth-inning lead as there was in the ill-fated final game of the series here i...