Red Sox fall to Orioles, but clinch best record in American League

By the way of Oakland losing to Seattle earlier in the day, the Red Sox clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs even before taking the field against the Orioles. So when they took to the field the result didn’t matter much as they fell to the Orioles 6-5 Saturday night in Baltimore.

With the Red Sox holding a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth, Franklin Morales allowed a double to Steve Pearce, which scored Nate McClouth and Danny Valencia giving the Orioles a 6-5 lead, proving to be the game-winning hit. Junichi Tazawa took the loss as after he threw a scoreless seventh inning, he allowed the first two men in the eighth to reach, who eventually scored. Matt Thornton worked a scoreless sixth inning in the loss, while starter Jon Lester earned a no decision tossing five innings allowing four runs on nine hits, which wasn’t exactly how he would have liked to end his regular season.

Offensively the Red Sox were led by Daniel Nava who went 4-for-4, while  Dustin Pedroia collected three hits and Stephen Drew, David Ross as well as Jonny Gomes each added two. The Sox trailed 4-2 going into the sixth, but scored three times to take a 5-4 lead, before giving it up in the eighth.

The Red Sox will close out the regular season tomorrow afternoon (1:35, NESN) where John Lackey will go up against Chris Tillman.

What they’ll be saying: Even though the Red Sox fell to the Orioles, the biggest thing was clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which could prove to be a big key as the Sox are 53-28 at home this year, the best mark in the American League … It wasn’t the best of starts for Lester, who couldn’t seem to get in a rhythm all night long. It was the most runs he has allowed in a game since August 2 when he allowed six to the Diamondbacks. Despite the struggles Saturday night, all signs point towards Lester being on the mound next Friday when the Sox host Game 1 of the ALDS.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

Local

Future Boston Alliance invites you to #RidetheLine, support…

#RidetheLine aims to show the city, the nation, and the globe our creative impact as Boston citizens.

Local

(Update) Body of missing BU grad Eric Munsell…

The dead man pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon was that of missing 24-year-old Boston University alumnus Eric Munsell, Boston Police said today.

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Music

Championship of Collegiate a Cappella: Students who are…

Tickets to this Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella reportedly sold out within 11 hours of going on sale.

Music

M.I.A. talks 'Matangi,' divinity, spontaneity and holograms

"There’s pressure for me to become a theatrical production like 'Glee,' or something" says M.I.A., "It’s like, 'the pressure’s on, bitches.'"

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins edge Red Wings in…

NHL video highlights: Bruins edge Red Wings in overtime of Game 4

MLB

MLB video highlights: Yankees rout Red Sox, 14-5

Felix Doubront struggles for second time in five starts

NBA

Jason Collins named to Time's 100 Most Influential…

Jason Collins was named to the list after coming out as the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.