Sunday, December 8, 2013
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PAINFUL OUT: Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury, left, runs toward first base as Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis reaches for a throw in the fourth inning Sunday in Baltimore. Ellsbury advanced to second base on a throwing error by catcher Steve Clevenger, Jarrod Saltalamacchia scored on the play and Davis left the game with an injury.
Davis’ glove flew off, and he immediately grabbed his wrist. He attempted a few throws under the supervision of the trainer before heading to the dugout.
“We dodged a bullet there, hopefully,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “Next week or two passes and he’s still got problems, we’ll go into more detail with it.”
Davis’ sub, Ryan Flaherty, picked up the slack, hitting an RBI single in a five-run fifth and a run-scoring double when the Orioles took the lead for good in the sixth.
With the four-day break to come, Red Sox manager Farrell wanted to give multiple innings to multiple pitchers. Scheduled starter John Lackey was scratched for Allen Webster, who threw three hitless innings. Felix Doubront pitched a scoreless fourth but fell apart in the fifth, retiring only one of the eight batters he faced as the Orioles scored five to tie the game.
Notes: Ellsbury began the game with his 10th career leadoff homer, breaking the club record held by Dom DiMaggio and Tommy Harper. ... Baltimore set a major league record with 54 errors in a 162-game season, 11 fewer than the previous mark set by the 2003 Mariners. ... The Red Sox finished the season with 39 consecutive successful stolen base attempts. Their 86.6 percentage for the season (123 for 142) is the best by an AL team since the statistic has been tracked in the league, starting in 1920.