The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It's one of those games when you shake your head and can't believe what you just saw."
-- Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz on his team squandering a nine-run lead to lose to the Orioles
The Orioles ended their eight-game skid against the Red Sox on Tuesday in the most improbable fashion possible. Down 10-1 midway through the seventh, Baltimore scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning and five more in the eighth to complete the largest comeback victory in franchise history. The Orioles pounded out 13 hits in those two innings. Rich Hill had another ineffective start while John Smoltz looked sharp in his second start for the Red Sox but neither factored into the decision as a rain delay knocked them both out of the game in the fourth inning.
A three-run eighth inning propelled the Yankees past the Mariners. Seattle scored twice in the top of the eighth to tie the game at 5 before Seattle reliever Sean White gave up three runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning. Mariano Rivera had the rare distinction of both closing and opening Tuesday's game. Rivera was honored at Yankee Stadium for picking up his 500th career save and threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch. Rivera then came on for the ninth to work a 1-2-3 final inning that gave him his 19th save of the season.
The Rangers hit five home runs, including two from Marlon Byrd, to put an end to one of the team's worst offensive months and pick up a win over their division rival. Byrd went 2 for 5 with two runs and five RBI as Angels starter Joe Saunders was pummeled again in Texas. Rangers Ballpark is a house of horrors for Saunders who sports a grotesque 11.67 ERA and is winless in five career stars in Arlington.
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