Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/23/12

BALTIMORE-The bottom of the Boston batting order put the Red Sox over the top Wednesday afternoon.

Daniel Nava, Kelly Shoppach and Scott Podsednik hit late homers that helped the Boston Red Sox defeat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 in the finale of their three-game series at Camden Yards.

Nava, Shoppach and Podsednik batted seventh, eighth, and ninth, respectively, but took care of most of the Boston (22-22) offense. They combined to drive in four of the six runs, while No. 6 hitters Will Middlebrooks knocked in one more to give the Red Sox their second victory of this series.

"The top part of the lineup has been doing so much work in 20 days they were...a little under the water today," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "The bottom third, [batting coach] Dave Magadan has done such a fabulous job, we said, 'Let's leave it to those guys to do it.' And they did."

Each of the three went 2-for-3 in the game. Nava and Podsednik both had one RBI thanks to solo homers, while Shoppach added two RBIs of his own after a two-run homer.

Podsednik's homer was the final one and proved to be the difference. He belted a solo shot off Darren O'Day in the eighth to give the Red Sox a 6-4 lead.

That was the veteran outfielder's first homer since Sept. 6, 2010, when playing for the Dodgers. Boston selected him from Triple-A Pawtucket before Tuesday's game.

"It feels real good," Podsednik said. "It's good to be back in the big leagues. I got a pitch up. I put a pretty good swing on it. My job is to get on, get guys over and, at the very least, try to make a productive out."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he also noticed that it was the bottom third of Boston's lineup that stopped his team.

"I think it's more the depth of them," Showalter said. "They have a lot of pieces, a lot of depth."

The power display began in the sixth inning. Nava broke a 2-2 tie with his solo homer off Baltimore starter Jake Arrieta (2-5). Podsednik followed with a single, and that ended Arrieta's day.

Luis Ayala came on for the Orioles (28-17) and Shoppach greeted him with a two-run homer that gave Boston a 5-2 lead.

Nick Johnson hit his second homer of the day in the bottom of the inning, a two-run shot that cut the lead to 5-4. But Podsednik answered with his solo homer in the eighth.

Baltimore tried to rally again in the eighth. Nick Markakis walked to start the inning and went to third on an Adam Jones double off Vicente Padilla. After a Chris Davis strikeout, Wilson Betemit hit a sacrifice fly that right fielder Che-Hsuan Lin made a diving catch on.

"I got a good read off the bat," Lin said through an interpreter. "I tried to go down and [make the play]. I was lucky and happy that I was able to make the catch."

Said Valentine: "He did save the game - a fabulous play. He came out of nowhere."

Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves came in with a runner on second and struck out Johnson to end that inning. Aceves then finished it in the ninth for his 11th save.

Daniel Bard (4-5) got the win despite again struggling with his control. He gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out two but walking four. Bard threw 91 pitches - only 50 of which were strikes.

The Orioles had taken a 1-0 lead in the first on a Davis sacrifice fly. Boston then tied it in the second when Kevin Youkilis scored during Podsednik's double-play grounder.

Baltimore regained the lead in the second when Johnson homered to start the inning. That gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead that didn't last long.

Boston answered in the top of the third when Middlebrooks tied the game on an RBI double to left. The Red Sox tried to go ahead on the play, but Baltimore left fielder Xavier Avery made a good relay throw to shortstop Robert Andino, who then gunned down Youkilis at the plate.

The Orioles threatened again in the fourth, getting runners on first and second with no outs before Bard retired the next two batters.

NOTES: Jones extended his hitting streak to 15 games with his third-inning single off Bard. That's the longest hitting streak by an Oriole so far in 2012...Jason Hammel is still penciled in to make his start on Friday against the Royals despite the problems with his balky right knee. The knee has slowed him in recent days; he had fluid drained earlier this week and his last two starts haven't been as long...Adrian Gonzalez made his second straight start in right field. The Red Sox veteran had appeared in just five games in right field in his entire career before going there for Tuesday's game since injuries have really hurt the Boston outfield. But the Orioles didn't hit any balls to him. The Red Sox will need to decide what to do when they go back home to the rather wide right field they've got there...Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 22 of his last 24 games after going 1-for-5 in this contest.

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