Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 5-4

Alex Cora didn't even peek.

His focus was on third base, on getting there ahead of the throw from Jim Miller, on keeping himself primed to score the winning run in the ninth inning of yesterday's game against the Orioles. There was no time to look. The ball didn't matter, third base did.

Until, that is, the ball sailed wide right, past Aubrey Huff and into left field. That was when Cora took off again, this time for home. For the win.

With Jacoby Ellsbury dropping do...

BOSTON --After sleepwalking through six innings, the Boston Red Sox woke up.

AL batting leader Dustin Pedroia homered in the seventh inning to begin Boston's comeback from a four-run deficit, and the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 Wednesday when pitcher Jim Miller threw away a bunt for a game-ending error.

Hitting cleanup for the fourth time in five games, Pedroia went 3-for-4 and raised his average to .333. He is 21-for-34 (.618) in his last eight games.

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THE COLLAPSE::

Jamie Walker served up a solo homer to Dustin Pedroia, and Rocky Cherry issued a bases-loaded walk to Coco Crisp in the seventh inning, allowing Boston to cut a four-run deficit to two. The Red Sox tied it in the eighth on Mark Kotsay's two-run triple. They won it in the ninth as pitcher Jim Miller fielded Jacoby Ellsbury's bunt and threw the ball into left field in an attempt to force out Alex Cora at third base.

HUFF DENIED: : Aubrey Huff thought he ...

BOSTON - There was the bunt that was rolling foul before bouncing off a spike mark, a home run taken away by a superb defensive play and a throwing error that resulted in another excruciating loss on a road trip that couldn't have gone much worse.

"When you're in last place and you're struggling as much as we are, bad things happen," Orioles third baseman Aubrey Huff said.

Learning about 24 hours before the game that they would need to scratch ace pitcher Jeremy Guth...