The Red Sox committed two errors in the fourth inning, and the Orioles scored once to expand their lead to 3-1.
It should have been so much more.
Miguel Tejada led off with a single and hustled to second on center fielder Darnell McDonald’s error.
Yes, that Darnell McDonald.
With Luke Scott at the plate, the Orioles would have settled for a ground ball to the right side. Instead, John Lackey walked him.
Ty Wigginton followed with a sharp grounder that looked like a double-play ball until Adrian Beltre missed it. Tejada scored on the play, and the rally continued with Rhyne Hughes’ walk that loaded the bases with no outs.
Time to break open the game, right? Time to deliver the knockout punch to Lackey and maybe exhaust that Red Sox bullpen.
Garrett Atkins followed with a tapper to the mound, and Lackey threw home to start a 1-2-3 double play. Cesar Izturis flied to center, and the Orioles were done.
Will it come back to haunt them? It usually does.
Nick Markakis is 2-for-2 tonight, his eighth multi-hit game of the season. He’s reached base in 21 of 23 games.
Down on the farm, Michael Aubrey is playing right field for Triple-A Norfolk. Left-hander Chris George, taking Brad Bergesen’s spot in the rotation, has allowed two runs and six hits, with two walks, in four innings.
Double-A Bowie’s Steve Johnson has allowed one run and three hits in four innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. He’s also hit a Richmond batter.