Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 5-2

BALTIMORE—Dreadlocks are in fashion in the exclusive 500-home run club, now that Manny Ramirez has added his name to the list of baseball's most prolific sluggers.

Ramirez became the 24th player to reach the milestone, connecting in the seventh inning off Chad Bradford to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Saturday night.

Boston's left fielder hit the first pitch into the bleacher seats in right-center. He stood and watched the flight of the ball,...

BALTIMORE - When someone offered birthday wishes to Manny Ramírez yesterday afternoon, he had a ready response.

"Thirty-six here," he said. "Thirty-nine in the Dominican Republic."

Ramírez did not become the first big leaguer to hit his 500th home run on his birthday, but leave it to the birthday boy to salvage the longest night of the season for the Red Sox.

Ramírez hustled to second on third baseman Melvin Mora's 13th-inning throwing error and scored on Mike Low...

The Orioles learned long ago that you can give the Boston Red Sox's powerful lineup only so many chances. But they got another reminder of that last night when they botched three routine defensive plays, two costly, in the decisive 13th inning and failed repeatedly to get a clutch hit that would have resulted in an uplifting win.

A throwing error by Melvin Mora and Mike Lowell's tie-breaking single in the top of the 13th sent the Orioles to a gut-wrenching, 5-2 loss bef...

A recap of the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Red Sox last night:

Major meltdown

The Orioles' defense came apart in the 13th inning, and the Red Sox took full advantage, scoring three runs that were made possible by two crucial errors. Melvin Mora fielded Manny Ramirez's grounder and threw the ball over first baseman Kevin Millar's head. Ramirez advanced to second, and he scored the go-ahead run on Mike Lowell's single off Chad Bradford. Then it got worse for the Orioles. ...