BALTIMORE — Chris Davis singled home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the 13th inning, giving the Baltimore Orioles an exhausting 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a four-game series between AL East contenders.
Danny Valencia homered for the Orioles, who moved into second place and within 2½ games of Boston. Baltimore won despite leaving 16 on base and going 4 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
With two outs in the 13th, Nick Markakis drew a walk from Alex Wilson (1-1). Adam Jones singled and Davis followed with an opposite-field pop that landed in front of left fielder Daniel Nava.
T.J. McFarland (1-0) pitched the 13th to earn his first major league win. The Orioles used seven pitchers, none of whom issued a walk.
It was the longest game of the season for Baltimore, in terms of innings and time (4:35). Boston went 14 innings on Monday in Tampa Bay
David Ortiz hit his team-high 14th home run for the Red Sox, and Mike Carp followed with a long ball of his own. Baltimore is the only AL East team that Boston has a losing record against (1-3).
Orioles rookie Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in his fifth big league start, striking out five and walking none. The 22-year-old left the mound with a 4-2 lead and in position to earn his first career win, but the bullpen gave up the advantage.
Gausman, the fourth pick in the 2012 draft, never pitched above Double-A before making his debut with Baltimore on May 23. He has a 1.54 ERA in two home starts and is 0-3 with a 12.15 ERA on the road.
Boston tied it at 4 in the seventh against Brian Matusz. Three straight singles loaded the bases for Stephen Drew, who hit a sacrifice fly. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a run-scoring fielder’s choice, barely beating the relay to first base.