Jul 10, 2011, 5:00 PM EST
Home-plate umpire Marty Foster took control of this one with nearly as much finesse as Wily Mo Pena employs attacking a fastball.
The Red Sox won the game 8-6 to complete a four-game sweep of the reeling Orioles.
Two days after David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg touched off a brawl, there were three HBPs in this one. Weiland started it off, hitting Mark Reynolds in the hand with a fastball in the third. Reynolds stayed in to run, but was removed in the bottom of the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Orioles reliever Jeremy Guthrie hit Kevin Youkilis, leading to warnings being issued for the second straight day. The problem there is that the pitch was a changeup. Guthrie clearly had no intention of hitting Youkilis, but Foster felt he had to gain control of the situation or some such nonsense.
So, in the fifth, when a Weiland fastball clipped Vladimir Guerrero in the hand, both Weiland and Red Sox manager Terry Francona were tossed. The Red Sox were up 7-6 at the time, and they were hoping Weiland would get through the inning and become eligible for the win. Again, there was no intention from Weiland there.
In the sixth, there may well have been some intention. Mike Gonzalez, who ran a pitch up and in on the Yankees’ Chris Dickerson that left Dickerson with a concussion back in April, threw a fastball behind Ortiz and to the backstop. It could have slipped, but Gonzalez was the least likely of any Baltimore pitchers, besides maybe Gregg, to get the benefit of the doubt. He and manager Buck Showalter were tossed immediately.
The dugouts never did get involved in any of the action, and things went smoothly after Gonzalez’s ejection. The Red Sox added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh that they didn’t need, as the Orioles never scored again after touching up Weiland for six runs in the second.
The Red Sox knocked Mitch Atkins out early, as Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis all homered in the second. That led to the rare relief appearance for Guthrie. Guthrie was actually pretty successful in his 3 1/3 innings, allowing just one run, but since it was the go-ahead run, he was tagged with his 12th loss of the season. The unlucky right-hander is nine games under .500 despite a decent 4.18 ERA.
Alfredo Aceves recorded the win. He pitched the first three of five consecutive hitless innings for the Red Sox pen. Daniel Bard worked the eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
Boston won for the 10th time in 11 games to finish the first half 55-35. It’s the AL’s best record, though the Yankees are just one game behind at 53-35.
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- Chris Sale will be sidelined for three weeks with foot fracture 11
- Aramis Ramirez says 2015 will be his last year 32
- Francisco Rodriguez re-signs with the Brewers 9
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended 305
- Pirates open to massive extension for Andrew McCutchen 18
- Report: Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine” 86
- Yankees don’t plan on having to pay A-Rod’s $30 million in home run milestone bonuses 52
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended (305)
- San Francisco — and all of California — will consider a smokeless tobacco ban that includes MLB parks (131)
- Curt Schilling lowers the boom on some men tweeting threats against his daughter (116)
- Brian Sabean says that California taxes are a hindrance to the Giants signing free agents (102)
- Ichiro is happy to be away from Joe Girardi (88)