Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/5/12

BOSTON -- The Baltimore Orioles continue to give the Boston Red Sox major headaches.

The Orioles, who eliminated the Red Sox from playoff contention on the final day of last season, won for the fourth time in as many 2012 games at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, pulling out an 8-6, 10-inning victory. It was Baltimore's second victory in its past nine games.

The win, which came after Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as Jim Johnson blew his first save since last August, moved the Orioles back into a tie for first place in the American League East.

Ronny Paulino and Endy Chavez (three hits) had RBI singles off Alfredo Aceves in the 10th.

Johnson had recorded 25 straight saves, 17 this season, but wound up getting the win after surrendering the lead. He also worked the bottom of the 10th.

Baltimore earned its second consecutive extra-inning win at Fenway, where it won in 17 innings May 6.

Steve Pearce drove in one run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly, knocked in another in a three-run seventh inning, his first two RBI as an Oriole, and had a sacrifice bunt in the 10th as Baltimore improved to 2-5 on a nine-game road trip.

Boston starter Jon Lester, 14-0 lifetime against the Orioles, left with a 4-3 lead after allowing a leadoff single in the seventh inning. Relievers Scott Atchison (1-1) and Matt Albers then combined to give up the three runs, one charged to Lester.

Baltimore's Troy Patton relieved starter Jason Hammel and gave up two runs in the sixth as the Red Sox took a 4-3 lead. Hammel allowed two runs (one earned) while striking out seven in five innings.

Mike Aviles had three hits and an RBI for the Red Sox.

The Orioles, who wasted a one-out triple by J.J. Hardy in the first (Lester struck out Adam Jones and Matt Wieters), went quietly in the second but took a 2-0 lead on a pair of unearned runs in the third.

With one out, Endy Chavez reached on an infield hit. Robert Andino then hit a grounder to the left of shortstop Aviles, who booted the ball and then, still with time for the out at second on Chavez, flipped the ball backhanded and past Dustin Pedroia.

Hardy flied out, sending Chavez to third, but Jones and Wieters followed with RBI singles.

Lester struck out Pearce with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Poor defense allowed the Red Sox to tie the game in the fifth. First baseman Mark Reynolds misplayed Daniel Nava's bouncer for an error. Aviles singled, and Reynolds then made a foolish decision to try to get Nava at third on Scott Podsednik's bunt. To make it worse, third baseman Steve Tolleson had the ball go off his glove and into the dugout, allowing a run to score.

Pedroia, back in the lineup after missing six games with a thumb injury, hit a fly to short center and Jones would have had Aviles at the plate, but Wieters couldn't hold the throw.

NOTES: The Red Sox optioned struggling right-hander Daniel Bard to Triple-A Pawtucket, activating outfielder Darnell McDonald from the disabled list. Bard's troubles converting to a starter boiled over Sunday in Toronto, when he walked six and hit two batters in just 1 2/3 innings. He is 5-6 with a 5.24 ERA, 37 walks and 34 strikeouts in 55 innings this season, his command absent and his velocity down. "(GM) Ben (Cherington) and I met yesterday, and we met with the coaches today," manager Bobby Valentine said. "We felt it was the best thing for the organization and Daniel to work on his mechanics and not have to worry about his big league record and teammates. He thinks it will be a quick turnaround." ... Rehabbing righty Daisuke Matsuzaka (Tommy John surgery) is likely to return to start in Bard's spot Saturday against the Nationals, his first appearance in the majors since last May 16. He was held to 40 pitches in a Triple-A tune-up Tuesday night. Mark Prior, getting a shot with Boston, followed Matsuzaka to the mound Tuesday night. ... Jones continues to play after MRI results on both hands and wrists showed contusions in both. ... Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chen (4-2) faces Boston's Josh Beckett (4-5) Wednesday night. ... Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, out since April 13 with a right shoulder injury, hit off a tee for the first time Tuesday. ... The Orioles signed outfielder Nate McLouth to a minor league deal. McLouth was released by the Pirates last week after batting .140 in 57 at-bats.

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