July 5, 2014
BOSTON — Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez stifled the Red Sox for eight innings in the first game of a split doubleheader at Fenway Park, delivering arguably his best start of the season, but the Orioles still suffered a sobering, 3-2, walk-off loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Seemingly rested and recovered from their early-morning arrival in Boston on Friday after their scheduled afternoon game was postponed until Saturday because of rain, the Orioles received a boost from Gonzalez, but mustered just five hits on the afternoon.
Gonzalez battled through his deepest start in more than a year, but the Orioles lost on a pair of seeing-eye hits off left-hander T.J. McFarland in the bottom of the ninth, ending the Orioles’ four-game winning streak before an announced 35,714.
McFarland, who had an 0.67 ERA last month after allowing just one run over 15 2/3 innings, gave up a game-winning, broken-bat single to pinch hitter Jonathan Herrera with one out in the ninth.
As Herrera swung at a 1-0 fastball, the barrel of his bat twirled one way as the ball looped just over second baseman Jonathan Schoop’s glove and into shallow right-center field, scoring Jonny Gomes from second.
“What are you going to do?” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I was real proud of the pitchers today, especially Miggy.”
The Red Sox by no means battered McFarland. He was brought into the game in the ninth to face two left-handed batters due up that inning but ended up facing three right-handers. Gomes, a pinch hitter, opened the inning with an infield single that J.J. Hardy backhanded deep in the hole at shortstop but couldn’t get to first in time.
David Ross then dropped a bunt that catcher Caleb Joseph corralled and looked to throw to second before settling for the sure out at first.