Mike Carp's pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove home Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the Red Sox came from behind to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 at Fenway Park.
Boston starting pitcher John Lackey went 7.1 innings holding the Orioles to three runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out four in the no-decision. For Lackey it was his seventeenth quality start, and while the quality start statistic may be a bit nebulous, he has allowed three runs or less in nineteen of his twenty four starts. Two of his hits allowed were home runs, solo shots by Manny Machado (12) and Chris Davis (47).
Davis doubled home Machado in the top of the first inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead; Baltimore doubled the advantage to 2-0 on Machado's home run in the top of the third inning.
The Red Sox answered back with a run in the bottom of the third on Shane Victorino's RBI single. After Davis gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth with his home run off Lackey, Dustin Pedroia tied the game an inning later with a two-RBI single.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled down the left field line on a ball that didn't miss being a home run by more than a couple of feet. Carp (pictured), pinch hitting for Xander Bogaerts, lifted a soft pop fly just out of the reach of Machado into shallow left field, scoring Saltalamacchia with what proved to be the winning run.
Craig Breslow closed out the eighth for Lackey and Koji Uehara earned his fourteenth save of the year with a one-two-three ninth inning.
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