Jonathan Papelbon Throwing Error in 10th Sends Boston to 3-2 Loss


May 2, 2010

Jonathan Papelbon Throwing Error in 10th Sends Boston to 3-2 Loss BALTIMORE — Ty Wigginton doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning following a throwing error by Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 3-2 victory Sunday and their first three-game sweep of the Red Sox at home in 36 years.

Miguel Tejada had two hits and scored a run for the Orioles, whose three-game winning streak is a season high. The Orioles swept a four-game series from Boston at Camden Yards in 1998, but hadn’t swept a three-game set against the Red Sox in Baltimore since Sept. 2-4, 1974.

The Orioles are 4-2 against the Red Sox after going 2-16 against them last year.

Nick Markakis led off the 10th with a walk against Papelbon (1-2). Markakis went to second on an errant throw to first by the reliever, then scored without a throw when Wigginton doubled to left-center.

Papelbon came in with a 0.87 ERA against Baltimore in 33 career appearances.

Matt Albers (2-3) worked the 10th for his second win in the series.

Jason Varitek and J.D. Drew homered for the Red Sox, who fell to 11-14.

Both starting pitchers were impressive, but neither received a decision.

Boston’s Josh Beckett allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking none.

Kevin Millwood remained winless in his first season with Baltimore despite giving up only five hits and two runs over eight innings. Millwood has a 3.15 ERA over six starts but has repeatedly been hurt by poor run support.

Both teams had a chance to break the 2-all tie in the eighth. The Red Sox had runners at first and second with two outs when Dustin Pedroia singled to left, but Varitek was easily thrown out at the plate by Nolan Reimold.

In the bottom half, Baltimore loaded the bases with one out against Daniel Bard before Luke Scott and Reimold struck out.

That was the second time the Orioles loaded the bases. In the fourth, Reimold drove in a run with fielder’s choice and Rhyne Hughes delivered a two-out RBI double.

Varitek homered in the fifth, and Drew led off the seventh with his third home run of the series and fifth overall.

Boston 1B Kevin Youkilis was a late scratch with a strained left groin. 3B Adrian Beltre was going to get the day off but ended up in the starting lineup. … The Orioles went 4-2 on their second homestand of the season. Baltimore was 0-6 on the first one. … Seven of Varitek’s 11 hits this season have been for extra bases.

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