Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/15/12

BALTIMORE – The Orioles didn’t get a base runner until the fourth and needed two more innings for a base hit, at which point they trailed Boston by two runs.

No problem.

Mark Reynolds sparked a five-run sixth inning with a key two-run double, and Miguel Gonzalez threw six solid innings to lead the Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox Wednesday night.

The Orioles often have rallied for victories this season and played well in close games. This win made them a combined 40-17 in one- and two-run games, and this team now has real confidence.

“I feel like we just don’t give up,” said Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy. “We know that at any point we can go out there and score runs even if we haven’t scored in the first four innings. We know we can go out there and put a five-spot up in one inning. I don’t know, I just think we don’t give up.”

That’s what happened in this game. Boston starter Aaron Cook threw three perfect innings and carried a no-hitter into the sixth, befuddling the Orioles with a very effective sinker.

Cook let Baltimore (64-53) hit just one ball in the air through the first five innings and was up 2-0 heading into the sixth.

"It's one of those things, you've got a pretty good idea of what he's going to do coming in," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Cook. "And he was able to do it because he had that sinker right at the (start), starting in the middle of the zone and finishing in the bottom of the zone or out of it.”

The Orioles kept battling and finally broke through in the sixth.

Hardy got the first Baltimore hit of the game, a single to left, and Nate McLouth followed with an RBI single to make it 2-1.

Adam Jones then hit a grounder back to the pitcher for what looked like an inning-ending double play. But Cook (3-6) wheeled and made a very wild throw to second base, which let Hardy score the tying run.

“It’s a play I’ve made 100 times,” Cook said. “I just didn’t get my feet set. We lost because I made an error.”

Instead of the inning being over thanks to a double play, the Orioles remained alive. Matt Wieters followed with a ground-rule RBI double to left to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead and end Cook’s night.

Reynolds later belted a two-run double to left off Junichi Tazawa to make it 5-2. Left fielder Carl Crawford appeared to have a shot at the ball, but it sailed past him to give Baltimore a three-run edge.

Manager Bobby Valentine liked Cook’s work, but that one error changed the game.

“He really pitched well for the five innings and was fielding his position really well during that time, and just had a misplay [that] could have got us out of the inning,” Valentine said. “We didn’t turn a double play, gave up a double and then next thing you know, we’re down by a few runs.”

Gonzalez improved to 5-2 with another strong effort. He gave up two runs on six hits in those six innings and kept the Orioles close until the offense woke up in the sixth.

Crawford cut the lead to 5-3 on an RBI ground out in the seventh, but the Orioles hung on. Jim Johnson closed it in the ninth for his 35th save.

The Red Sox lost both Adrian Gonzalez and Valentine when home plate umpire Mike Everitt threw them out in the eighth. They felt Oriole right-hander Pedro Strop quick-pitched Gonzalez and were upset about it.

Boston (57-61) took the early lead with two in the fifth. Scott Podsednik and Nick Punto started the inning with back-to-back singles before Jacoby Ellsbury lined a ground-rule double to deep center.

Podsednik scored on the double, and Punto had to be stopped at third because it was ground-rule. But he scored right after that on a Crawford sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

NOTES: The bullpen has helped carry the Orioles in recent days. It came into Wednesday’s game with Boston with an 0.49 ERA in their past 11 games – with other teams hitting just .182 during that stretch. … Reynolds homered twice Tuesday and now has 11 overall, giving the Orioles seven players with at least 10 homers. They’re one of just seven teams in the majors who have seven players who’ve hit 10 or more homers. … Dustin Pedroia’s first-inning single off Gonzalez extended the second baseman’s hitting streak to 10 games. … Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI double in the fifth stretched his hitting streak against the Orioles to 38 games. … The Red Sox are going to be wearing something on all of their uniforms to honor the memory of Johnny Pesky, who died earlier this week at the age of 92. They’ll wear black arm bands on their gray road uniforms, and on their white home uniforms – plus their alternatives – Boston’s players will have a two-inch black circle circling a white number six, which was Pesky’s number when he played for the team.

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