Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Matt Wieters caught all 12 innings of last night’s game against the Red Sox and he’s back in the Orioles lineup tonight for the series finale at Fenway Park.

Since 2010, Wieters leads all major league catchers with 174 extra-base hits, followed by Yadier Molina with 173. The next-closest catcher is A.J. Pierzynski with 155.

The Orioles are trying to build their first four-game winning streak since they won five straight from July 14-22. The All-Star break arrived after the first victory.

The Orioles have won 18 of the last 27 games, and 28 of their last 42, against the Red Sox, including 14 of their last 19 in Boston.

Chris Davis’ 16 game-winning RBIs this season are tied for the third-most in the majors this season and are tied with Torii Hunter for the most by an American League player.

The Orioles have won each of the last six extra-inning games that they’ve played in Boston dating to the 2010 season. It’s the second-longest streak in extra-inning games by any visiting team at Fenway Park in major league history. The White Sox took seven in a row from 1989-1997.

The Orioles’ pitching staff has posted a 3.16 ERA in 17 games this month, second-lowest in the league behind the A’s (3.10). Their .222 opponents’ batting average in September is the lowest in the American League.

The bullpen has posted a 1.93 ERA this month, tied with the Angels for lowest in the league.

So far this season, 84 percent (127 of 151) of the Orioles’ games have been decided by four runs or fewer. They’re 17-28 in one-run games, 20-9 in two-run games, 19-10 in three-run games and 11-13 in games decided by four runs.

The White Sox are the only other team to play in at least 127 games decided by four or fewer runs.

For the Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Danny Valencia DH
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Brian Roberts 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

For the Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Daniel Nava RF
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Mike Carp LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF

John Lackey RHP

Shameless plug alert: Be sure to watch my full interview with reliever Tommy Hunter on “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report” that airs at 5 p.m. on MASN. He’s a funny guy.

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