On a night Boston’s record-setting home sellout streak came to an abrupt end, the Baltimore Orioles brought a 5-3 ninth inning deficit to an equally abrupt end as they rallied for five runs off Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan.
Chris Davis, who opened the season on a historical hot streak, started the rally with a solo home run. Then, after two quick and harmless outs, Hanrahan allowed a single and back-to-back walks. As they say, that’s a recipe for disaster, and sure enough, a wild pitch was uncorked to even the score at five and then 20-year-old Manny Machado pulled one over the Green Monster giving the O’s lead and eventually an 8-5 victory.
''It was a huge win for us,'' Machado said after his first homer of the year. ''To come out with the victory is just going to give us the big boost that we needed to get this show rolling.''
The Orioles were the best in baseball at stealing games late and winning close ones last season. In fact, in games decided by two runs or less, they were 55-23. This year, however, they began 0-4 under those circumstances, and although the three-run win doesn’t exactly fit the criteria, it could be a starting point to get back on track.Read More »from The Juice: ‘Orioles Magic’ returns as Baltimore strikes for five ninth inning runs against Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan