Top of the 9th, two outs. Orioles are down by one and it's all down to Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty, who was 0-for-14 on the season so far. Flaherty, who had already struck out three times in tonight's game. Might as well pack it in and try again tomorrow, don't you think?
Flaherty squirted a ground ball single between the third baseman and shortstop for his first hit of the season, igniting a rally that ended with Manny Machado getting his first home run of the year to put the Orioles ahead 8-5. The Orioles survived another rough outing by Jake Arrieta and a two homer performance from Tommy Goes Boom Hunter with an awesome five-run ninth inning against Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan.
The win takes the Orioles back to .500 and stops their losing streak at three.
Jake Arrieta; 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 2 K
Tommy Hunter: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 HR
Troy Patton + Darren O'Day + Jim Johnson = AWESOME.
Homers by Nick Markakis, Chris Davis, and Manny Machado. Perhaps even more impressive, Nate McLouth took three walks.
Stay tuned for full recap including the Most Birdland Player poll (spoiler: Machado is gonna win).