May 9: Baltimore 18, Boston 4
Baltimore went batty in the first game. Pedro Martinez was looking solid through four innings, but the wheels came off in the fifth. Cal Ripken walked, then, with two outs, Ken Singleton, George Sisler, Frank Robinson, and Ken Williams all hit consecutive singles before Bobby Grich hit his second homer of the game. That was it for a frustrated Pedro, but Mel Parnell and Ellis Kinder were just as bad as the Orioles tacked on 11 more runs after Pedro exited. Bobby Freakin’ Grich hit his third dong of the game in the ninth, his ninth of the year, tied for the league lead. Bobby Grich! Now second in the league in runs created!
Bobby Doerr’s good day at the plate (3-for-4, 2B, HR) was wasted for Boston.
R H BB BAL 010 060 515 - 18 15 9 BOS 010 010 200 - 4 12 5 HR: K. Williams (4), B. Grich-3 (9), B. Doerr (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Bedard 6.1 4 4 1 2 4 P. Martinez 4.2 7 7 2 2 6 BAL 18-13, BOS 20-11
May 10: Boston 4, Baltimore 3
A slightly closer game unfolded the next day. In the top of the first, the Orioles loaded the bases with nobody out, but Roger Clemens Houdini’d himself out of it on a Grich line-out and Eddie Murray GIDP. Then three of Boston’s first four batters came around to score in the bottom of the inning, after which Harry Howell allowed no more. He got in trouble when he loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, at which point Earl Weaver brought in his fireman, Darren O’Day, who put out the fire with a strikeout and ground-out.
The Orioles slowly built back to tie the score in the seventh, aided in large part by Matt Wieters’s dinger and two singles. But Baltimore reliever Gregg Olson watched that tie slip away when Nomar Garciaparra led off the bottom of the eighth with a double and Jimmie Foxx drove him in. Jonathan Papelbon then struck out all three Orioles he faced in the ninth.
R H BB BAL 001 001 100 - 3 8 2 BOS 300 000 01x - 4 10 6 HR: M. Wieters (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO H. Howell 6.1 3 3 0 5 1 R. Clemens 8.0 3 3 1 2 6 BAL 18-14, BOS 21-11
May 11: Boston 3, Baltimore 2
Boston hung on for another one-run win in the finale. Orioles hurler Jack Powell allowed only one run in the first five innings, but the Boston offense pounced in the sixth. With one out, the Red Sox drilled four consecutive hits for two runs. That was followed by a Wade Boggs walk to load the bases with still just one out. Zach Britton replaced Powell and was clutch, getting Tris Speaker to pop out and Carl Yastrzemski to fly-out.
That kept Baltimore in the game, and they nearly tied it in the eighth, after Cy Young had shut them out for seven innings. Singles by Cal Ripken, Matt Wieters, and Ken Singleton gave them their first run, then a bad error by Tris Speaker gave them their second. But Jonathan Papelbon again pitched a perfect ninth, and the series belonged to Boston.
R H BB BAL 000 000 020 - 2 5 3 BOS 001 002 00x - 3 8 5 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Powell 5.1 3 3 0 5 0 C. Young 8.0 2 1 0 3 2 BAL 18-15, BOS 22-11