BALTIMORE -- All they needed was extra innings. Again.
In danger of being blown out early, the Red Sox overcome a five-run deficit by the third inning, traded leads back and forth, and ultimately pulled out one of their biggest wins of the season, edging the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 in 11 innings.
Andrew Benintendi rolled a single through the right side to score two runs off reliever Miguel Castro. The win improved the Sox to 14-3 in extra-innings this season.
The win came as the Sox were in danger of seeing their lead over the New York Yankees shrink to just two games. Instead, it remained at three with a dozen games remaining.
A solo homer by Xander Bogaerts – his first homer this month – had tied the game at 8-8 in the seventh.
Two innings earlier, the Orioles, having squandered a five-run lead earlier, stormed back with two runs off the Boston bullpen. First, Pedro Alvarez homered off Fernando Abad. Then, after Brandon Workman took over, Austin Hays reached on an error by Rafael Devers and scored on a double to left by Tim Beckham.
Trailing 6-1 after four, the Red Sox struck back for a six-run fifth, with Mookie Betts providing the big blow – a bases-clearing double off Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy – as the Sox took the lead 7-6.
Doug Fister turned in his second straight poor outing, tagged for five runs in the first two-plus innings, putting his team in a deep early hole once again.
Fister had control issues, walking five, a season-high.
GAME NO.: 150
WHO: Red Sox (85-64) vs Baltimore Orioles (73-77)
WHERE: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
RADIO: WEEI (93.7 FM)
PITCHERS: Doug Fister (5-8, 4.40) vs. Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.03)
BOX SCORE: MLB Gameday
SERIES TO DATE: This is the first game of the final series of the season between the two teams, with the Orioles already having clinched the season series by winning 10 of the first 16 meetings, including a three-game sweep at Fenway last month. The series continues through Wednesday in this, the next-to-last road series of the season for the Sox.