Here is a stat that gets your attention:
Through today’s fourth inning - with the Orioles leading 5-1 at Boston - the Orioles have outscored the Yankees and Red Sox on the road by a combined score of 31-8 since Tuesday.
* Tuesday won 7-1 at New York
* Wednesday won 5-0 at New York
* Friday won 6-4 in 13 innings at Boston
* Saturday won 8-2 at Boston
* Today leading 5-1 after four innings at Boston
The last four years, the Orioles went 10-26 at Fenway Park and 9-27 at Yankee Stadium. With a win this afternoon they would be 5-1 at those places in 2012.
If they get five wins, it would match their win total of all last year in both places when they went a combined 5-13 in Boston and New York.
Stunning fifth for Boston: After Tommy Hunter had coasted with a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth today, it quickly evaporated and he was out of the game. Will Middlebrooks hit a grand slam over the Green Monster to tie the game at 5-5.
This will be just the third time in the last 13 games that the Orioles will not have a quality start from their starting pitcher.
Luis Ayala came on to replace Hunter and stranded two runners on the bases to keep the game tied 5-5 heading to the sixth. We’ll see now if the Orioles can pull this out today after blowing a 5-0 lead.