Finally...a day off. It would have been a little sweeter with a series win over Boston, but the O's will have to settle for one-of-three after a 6-5 loss on Wednesday afternoon.
It certainly isn't easy to take four straight series against the Sox...the Birds hadn't accomplished the feat since 1960. But they were "O" so close...
The game see-sawed throughout: the O's went up 1-0, the Sox tied it, the Birds took a 2-1 lead before Boston tied it again. The Red Sox took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth but Nick Johnson's second homer of the day, a two-run blast, put the O's within a run in the bottom of the frame. Down 6-4, the O's had runners at second and third with none out in the eighth but managed only a run on a sac fly.
Jake Arrieta (2-5) took the loss and was charged with four runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings of work.
The O's (28-17) are still in first and went 12-8 over the last 20-game stretch. They finally get a day of rest before sending Jason Hammel to the mound Friday night to kick-off a three-game set against the Royals.