Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/21/12

The kid strikes again!

Will Middlebrooks goes 3 for 5 including an RBI single in the seventh which would be the winning run as the Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 8-6. 

It was an all around great effort from the offense, as everyone in the batting order got a hit and almost everyone scored a run (Salty was the only one who failed to cross home plate.) and some came in some special ways.  Middlebrooks was able to force his way home by getting Tommy Hunter to balk. David Ortiz was able to launch one deep into right for the tenth of his year. 

All the runs were needed to as Clay Buchholz completely fell apart in the third inning. He lost all control of his fastball and got himself into a bases loaded, no out situation. Buchholz wouldn't get away scot free as he walked two runs in and allowed another one on an infield single. The Orioles got their fourth and final run of the inning as the Sox managed to get a double play. 

Buchholz also gave up a solo shot to Chris Davis in the following inning to give Buchholz his seventh start allowing five runs or more. He managed to work into the sixth and that's when he was given the hook. He walked four and struck out two and his ERA now stands at a unhealthy 7.84 ERA.

Andrew Miller came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings of no hit ball and got his first win of the year. Miller has been thriving in the limited time he's been out there: he's just allowed three hits & a walk in seven appearances this season, very similar to Rich Hill last season.

Speaking of Hill, he had a rough night himself as he gave up three straight base hits in the eighth and allowing his first run since April 29th, his first appearance of the year. After he got Davis to ground out, Vicente Padilla got the next two outs and continues to dominate in these situations: he's stranded all 13 runners he's inherited this season. I never thought I'd be so happy to see Padilla in these situations. 

Aceves came in and got a 1-2-3 inning for his tenth save and he's also been great in the closer role. This patchwork bullpen has been doing a hell of a job this season.

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