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On May 6th, the Orioles took on the Red Sox and were looking for their first series sweep in Fenway since 1994. What ensued was one of the most interesting and entertaining games of the season.
The six-hour and seven-minute, 17-inning game started out well for the O's, as JJ Hardy hit a homer in the first. After another Hardy solo homer and an Andino three-run shot, the Orioles took a 5-0 lead.
The game was turned on its head after a Will Middlebrooks grand slam in the fifth tied the game at five.
The teams got a run apiece in the eighth, after which the bullpens took the game over. It wasn't until the bottom of the 16th when something special happened.
After exhausting the bullpen, Buck Showalter decided to put DH Chris Davis in to pitch. Surprisingly, the slugger pitched much better than he hit, as he struck out the first batter he faced, Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Next, Middlebrooks flew out. An error put a runner on first for Mike Aviles. The shortstop lined a shot which hit the Green Monster and it looked as if it would end the game. However, a tremendous relay got the runner out at home.
In the top of the next inning, the Sox decided to pitch outfielder Darnell McDonald. He did not fair as well as Davis, as Adam Jones hit a three-run homer to give the O's a 9-6 lead.
Davis came out again in the 17th to finish off the game. After an infield single and a walk, Davis struck out one of best hitters in baseball in Adrian Gonzalez. Up next was McDonald, who grounded into a double play to end the game and give Davis his first career victory as a pitcher.
Davis' stat-line was an entertaining and historical one; Pitching: 2IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 2Ks; Hitting: 0-8, 5Ks.