BALTIMORE -- Over the last few weeks, the Red Sox have won games in virtually every way imaginable.
They've pounded other teams with their offensive might. They've come back from multiple runs down to show their mettle. They've even won some low-scoring, close games as a warmup for the post-season.
But Wednesday night was different.
The Baltimore Orioles cracked the door open for them, and the Red Sox kicked it in.
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In the sixth inning, having already squandered two bases-loaded opportunities -- sound familiar? -- the Red Sox loaded them again. But when Sandy Leon -- who had two innings earlier ended a similar threat by grounding into an inning-ending double play -- hit a topper to the right side, it looked like the Sox were going to come up empty-handed again.
But fortune then shone on the Red Sox. Davis's throw to reliever Brad Brach, covering the first base bag, was low and wide. The error allowed two runs to score and Leon to reach second.
For the first time, the Red Sox led, 2-1.
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But they weren't done. Brach's first pitch to rookie Andrew Benintendi was rocketed over the scoreboard in right for a three-run homer, pushing the Red Sox' lead to 5-1.
Give 'em an inch, and they'll take five runs. Unearned as they might have been, the Sox weren't about to give them back.
"Once you give an extra out," said John Farrell, "you see it so many times over, we did take every advantage of that extra out."
It's what good teams do, and make no mistake, the Red Sox, winners of seven straight, are good right now.
"That's how baseball goes," said Benintendi. "Something happens and then it all starts to pile on. Five runs on two pitches. That was a fortunate break for us."
The Orioles made the mistake, with the poor throw by Davis. If it had been on target, the Red Sox would have had nine stranded nine over the first six innings.
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Instead, the throw presented the Red Sox with another chance, to which they fully availed themselves fully.
One minute, the Orioles were in possession of a 1-0 lead; the next, they were trudging off the field, trailing 5-1 and wondering what it was that hit them.
What it was was a team on a roll, demonstrating the many number of ways they can beat you.
Pitcher's duel? Check.
Taking up the opponent on an offer to get back into the game? The Red Sox can do that, too.