Orioles Recover, Beat Red Sox 7-6 in 12 Innings

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J.J. Hardy singles in the winning run in the 12th inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 6, 2014 in Boston. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

J.J. Hardy singles in the winning run in the 12th inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 6, 2014 in Boston. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON — David Lough tripled to lead off the 12th inning and scored on J.J. Hardy’s single as the Baltimore Orioles recovered after blowing a five-run lead to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-6 on Sunday.

Brad Brach (4-0) earned the victory with three innings of scoreless relief. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four. Zach Britton pitched the 12th for his 14th save.

Edward Mujica (2-4) worked a scoreless 11th before Lough lined a triple to the center field wall leading off the 12th. The next batter, Hardy, bounced one through the left side of the infield to give the Orioles the lead.

Hardy and Nelson Cruz each had three hits for Baltimore, which has won six of seven. Cruz had five hits Saturday in the second game of a day-night doubleheader and hit safely in seven straight at-bats before flying out in the fifth.

David Ortiz had four hits and Dustin Pedroia added three for Boston, which trailed 6-1 before scoring five runs in the seventh to tie it. Ortiz lined the ball to the left-field corner with one out in the 12th, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

The Red Sox have lost five of six and fallen a season-worst 10 games below .500. Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits, threw out a runner at the plate and made a leaping catch to end the top of the ninth.

The Orioles scored in the fourth against Jake Peavy after Cruz led off with a double and scored when third baseman Xander Bogaerts fielded Delmon Young’s grounder and threw it into the stands behind first base. Young made it 2-0 in the sixth when he was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and eventually scored on Caleb Joseph’s sacrifice fly.

Boston cut it to 2-1 in the bottom half on Ortiz’s RBI single through the shifted infield. Baltimore scored four in the seventh on six singles and catcher David Ross’ error on a play at the plate.

After Stephen Drew struck out to start the bottom half, Ross homered and then the next four batters singled to make it a 6-4 game. Pedroia struck out, then Brian Matusz was brought in face Ortiz, who was 1 for 22 with 13 strikeouts in his career against the Orioles lefty.

Ortiz singled to make it 6-5, then Mike Napoli singled off Tommy Hunter to tie the game before Drew struck out to end the inning.

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