Baltimore Orioles defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-3

BALTIMORE - Like tourists having a grand time until they discovered their wallets had been lifted, the Red Sox returned home last night wondering how the wheels suddenly came off on a trip that began with such promise.

Then they walked in the front door to discover that while they were away, somebody had started foreclosure proceedings on the place they'd occupied for the better part of the last month, first in the American League East.

After five Sox losses in their...

BALTIMORE—Jay Payton hit his fourth career grand slam to back a gritty pitching effort by Daniel Cabrera, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Wednesday for a two-game sweep.

Solo homers by Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell, and a defensive gem by Manny Ramirez -- yes, Manny Ramirez -- weren't enough to prevent the Red Sox from losing their fourth straight. It was the third consecutive game in which Boston blew a three-run lead.

The Orioles tr...

They stood and cheered for several moments, waiting for outfielder Jay Payton to emerge from the dugout and acknowledge the crowd. When Payton didn't, starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera ducked his head out of the dugout instead and accepted the adulation.

These, indeed, are fun times for the Orioles, who are finding new heroes seemingly on a daily basis. Yesterday, it was Payton's turn as his seventh-inning grand slam capped another gritty comeback, and a 6-3 victory over ...

A recap of the Orioles' 6-3 victory over the Red Sox yesterday:

Needed in the clutch

Hitting with runners in scoring position hasn't been Nick Markakis' strength this season, but he delivered yesterday with a single to center field in the sixth inning that scored Brian Roberts from second base and reduced Boston's lead to 3-2. Markakis was hitting .212 with runners in scoring position, including .167 with fewer than two outs. His single off Red Sox starter Jon Lester...