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

BOSTON - In a game that saw position players finish on the mound for both teams on Sunday, Adam Jones hit a three-run home run off of outfielder Darnell McDonald in the 17th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 9-6 victory and their first three-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park in 18 years.

With McDonald pitching for the second time in his career, Wilson Betemit led off the 17th with a walk and was caught stealing. J.J. Hardy then lined a double, his career-high fifth hit, and Nick Markakis walked before Jones hit his eighth homer of the season.

McDonald then grounded into a double play in the bottom of the inning to end a game that lasted 6:07.

First baseman/DH Chris Davis worked the last two innings for the win. With runners at first and second and nobody out in the bottom of the inning, he struck out Adrian Gonzalez (0-for-8) and got McDonald to hit into the double play.

The Red Sox had the winning run gunned down at the plate in the bottom of the 16th, a run that would have been unearned. The Orioles executed a perfect relay to nail Marlon Byrd at the plate. Davis then got the three outs in the bottom of the 17th as the Orioles raised their record to 19-9 (their first time 10 games over .500 since 2005).

Davis struck out his first five times up and then grounded into a double play and grounded out twice, leaving him one shy of tying the major league record for K's in an extra inning game.

The Red Sox came back twice in the game.

After another bad start by Clay Buchholz left the Red Sox in a 5-0 hole, rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks, in only his third major league game, tied the game 5-5 with a fifth-inning grand slam. Boston was also able to come back again in the eighth.

Baltimore blew the 5-0 lead that was built on two solo homers by Hardy and a three-run shot by Robert Andino.

The Red Sox turned six double plays in the longest game at Fenway Park since June 15, 2001.

The Orioles scored in the first when Hardy connected with one out. He made it 2-0 when he hit his sixth homer of the season with one out in the third, and scored three more runs and chased Buchholz in the fourth. They should have had more, but lost a run with a baserunning mistake.

Buchholz, who heard boos as he left in the fourth, is 3-1 with a 9.09 ERA and at least five earned runs allowed in all six starts.

A double by Mike Aviles and RBI single by Ryan Sweeney got a run back for the Red Sox in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Tommy Hunter wasted the rest of the lead on the first four batters of the fifth -- singles by David Ortiz (0-for-9 in the series before that) and Cody Ross, a walk to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Middlebrooks' homer.

Middlebrooks became the first Boston players since Daniel Nava (June 12, 2010) to make his first major league homer a grand slam.

The Orioles went ahead 6-5 with the help of Saltalamacchia dropped a foul pop in the top of the eighth, but Ortiz's double, a groundout and Saltalamacchia's sacrifice fly tied it in the bottom of the inning.

NOTES: Buchholz is the second Red Sox pitcher ever to record six straight games allowing at least five earned runs. Red Ruffing had eight straight in 1925. Coming in, Buchholz had more run support (10.86 runs per game) than any pitcher in baseball. ... Righty Aaron Cook, who received 11 stitches to close a spike wound beneath his left knee Saturday, in his Red Sox debut, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Andrew Miller was recalled from a rehab assignment (hamstring) and became the 36th player (18th pitcher) already used by the Red Sox this season when he relieved Buchholz in the fourth inning. He retired all four batters he faced Sunday, striking out the last three. ... Daisuke Matsuzaka, coming back from Tommy John surgery, makes his third minor league rehab start Monday night at Pawtucket, the start delayed three days because of a minor neck issue. ... Sunday marked the 97th anniversary of Babe Ruth's first major league homer, hit for the Red Sox.

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