“I got got,” Hunter said. “A famous Little League play, and it worked.”
Said Showalter: “Whether it is something being yelled from the dugout, it shouldn't matter. You should be able to keep your composure especially if you are in the windup. [The runner on third is] not going anywhere.”
In a scoreless game, Nava and Byrd opened the second inning with a single and double, respectively. Aviles' single up the middle scored the game's first run, and Pedroia's sacrifice fly to right scored Byrd as Nick Markakis' throw was just a sliver to the right of home plate.
The Orioles plated four runs in the third inning, taking advantage of Boston starter Clay Buchholz's lack of control.
With the bases loaded and no outs, rookie leftfielder Xavier Avery worked a nine-pitch at bat for a walk. J.J. Hardy followed with a infield single that scored another run, and Markakis worked a five-pitch bases-loaded walk to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead. They added another run on a double play.
Chris Davis then hit his first home run since May 1 — the Orioles' major-league leading 65th of the season — to straight-away center field off Buchholz to make it 5-2 in the fourth.
“Yeah, it's a tough one to lose, but there's always positive things we can take away from the game,” Davis said. “We swung the bats really well tonight, made some good plays defensively, just couldn't hang in there. They really did a good job of battling back and putting some runs on the board and putting some pressure back on us. We just couldn't get it done tonight.”