Baltimore Orioles defeat Boston Red Sox, 11-6

BALTIMORE --Ramon Hernandez and Melvin Mora hit three-run homers, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame an early deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 11-6 Wednesday night and avoid a three-game sweep.

Baltimore trailed 4-0 before scoring 10 straight runs against three Boston pitchers. Hernandez put the Orioles up 6-4 with a third-inning drive, and Mora's 21st home run of the season made it 10-4 in the fourth.

Mora added a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to boost his team-high ...

BALTIMORE - Even he knew, as he walked off the mound, as he walked out of the major leagues (for now), what his fate would be. There was little else to do, little leeway, on a team for which every win is precious.

Clay Buchholz could have looked at the scoreboard and seen the three runs already in on his watch, with two more soon to follow, and realized that all this - the big league parks and the pressure of a season nearing its end - would no longer be his.

Not lon...

A recap of the Orioles' 11-6 win over the Red Sox last night:

It takes three

The Orioles trailed 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second, and it appeared that a three-game sweep was inevitable. But they scored three times in the inning, four more in the fourth and three more in the fifth. Ramon Hernandez landed the big blow in the third with a three-run homer off David Aardsma. Melvin Mora did the honors in the fourth, depositing a pitch by Javier Lopez into the le...

For a split-second in last night's goofy third inning at Camden Yards, the Orioles had to wonder whether their hottest hitter would be getting an extended seat on the bench.

Third baseman Melvin Mora took a fastball from Boston Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz off his left hand and immediately writhed in pain. But Mora, who has been plunked a team-leading 10 times this season, jogged to first base and, eventually, delivered another game-changing performance, something he ha...

After using reliever George Sherrill for 2 1/3 innings at last month's All-Star Game when a shortage of pitchers left him with few other options, Boston Red Sox and American League All-Star team manager Terry Francona called Orioles president Andy MacPhail and pitching coach Rick Kranitz to explain the situation.

Francona made another call to an Oriole yesterday, contacting Sherrill after learning that he went on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation....