The Red Sox were unable to take advantage of a strong start by Tim Wakefield Sunday, falling to the Orioles by a final of 7-6 in 10 innings.
Rhyne Hughes singled in Miguel Tejada to give Baltimore a 5-4 lead in the 10th inning, and that was followed by a two-run double from Matt Wieters. All three runs were charged to Scott Atchison, who took the loss.
The Sox offered a rally in the bottom of the 10th, as J.D. Drew doubled in Kevin Youkilis (who had a three-hit day) to move the Sox to within two runs. The lead was trimmed to a single run following back-to-back singles by Adrian Beltre and Bill Hall. However, Darnell McDonald popped out to Wieters and Marco Scutaro lined out to second baseman Ty Wiggington for the final out.
Wakefield, who may have been making his last start in the rotation with the impending return of Daisuke Matsuzaka, allowed just a pair of runs on six hits in 6.2 innings pitched, leaving the game with a 4-1 lead. But Hideki Okajima blew the lead for the Sox in relief of Wakefield, allowing a double to Nick Markakis (that scored inherited runner Nolan Reimold) and a home run to Miguel Tejada that evened the game at 4-4.
The loss drops the Red Sox to 8-11. They begin a three-game series at Toronto starting on Monday.
For initial reaction to the Red Sox' loss see 'Closing Time' on the Full Count Blog.
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