Originally written on FenwayNation  |  Last updated 11/12/14
Mitchell Layton/Getty ImagesAll the Red Sox have to do for the rest of the season is go into the ninth with a 3-run lead or better. With that bulge, it should be a piece of cake for Andrew Bailey to close it out. Today, given a 5-2 lead, Bailey gave up a two-run HR to Matt Wieters and was one bonehead running play away from maybe allowing the O's to tie the game. The Sox ended up winning, 5-4. Boston fell behind early 2-0, but John Lackey righted himself and went on to pitch 7 solid innings—walking just one and striking out four. The offense was primarily provided by a two-run HR by Mike Carp (his 8th in limited playing time) and a solo shot by Jonny Gomes. Dustin Pedroia and Stephen Drew also drove in runs. Jose Iglesias had yet another hit—extending his hitting streak to 16 games.
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