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Red Sox beat Orioles, 3-2, in 1st of 2

BOSTON -- The Baltimore Orioles were able to catch up on their sleep Friday after their Fourth of July game against the Boston Red Sox was postponed, but they couldn't avoid a nightmare ending to the opener of their day-night doubleheader Saturday at Fenway Park.

The Orioles wasted right-hander Miguel Gonzalez's grittiest start of the season in a 3-2, walk-off loss before an announced 35,714 at Fenway Park, ending the Orioles' four-game winning streak.

Pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera looped a broken-bat single over second baseman Jonathan Schoop with one out in the ninth inning off left-hander T.J. McFarland, scoring Jonny Gomes from second for the winning run and prompting a Red Sox celebration at home plate.

McFarland, brought in to face two left-handers due up in the ninth, instead faced three straight right-handers. Gomes, who pinch-hit for Stephen Drew, opened the inning with an infield single to shortstop that J.J. Hardy backhanded deep in the hole but could not get to first in time.

Gomes moved to second on David Ross' sacrifice bunt, and Herrera recorded his first career walk-off hit on a 1-0 pitch that broke his bat into two pieces and then looped into center field.

Despite needing 43 pitches to get through his first two innings Saturday, Gonzalez recorded his longest start of the season and tied his career high with eight strong innings, holding Boston (39-47) to two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

The Orioles (46-40), who took sole possession of first place in the American League East on Friday after the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Oakland Athletics, fell back into a tie with the Blue Jays heading into their night game Saturday.

After allowing two runs in the second inning, Gonzalez yielded just two singles before an eighth-inning jam.

With one out in the inning, Gonzalez hit Dustin Pedroia with a pitch, and then walked Mike Napoli. He induced a pop-up in foul territory from Napoli, but both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.

With the Red Sox crowd on its feet, Gonzalez escaped the jam, striking out Xander Bogaerts looking to end the inning.

The Red Sox took the lead in the second inning on Drew's first homer of the season, which came on a first-pitch, 93-mph fastball from Gonzalez that Drew sent into the bullpen area beyond the right-field fence.

Drew, a free agent who went unsigned until he rejoined Boston on May 21, had just nine hits in 66 at-bats before his homer off Gonzalez, his first since Sept. 19 against the Orioles.

Boston rallied for another run off Gonzalez with two outs in the inning when No. 9 hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled and moved to third on Brock Holt's single.

Schoop then got to Daniel Nava's grounder up the middle, but his throw pulled first baseman Steve Pearce off the bag. Bradley broke for home on the infield single and scored as Pearce dropped the ball getting it out of his glove.

The Orioles took advantage of three Boston errors in the first three innings, including a booted grounder off the glove of Bogaerts at third that scored two runs with two outs in the third.

Delmon Young opened the inning by reaching on a throwing error on Pedroia and went to second on Caleb Joseph's single to left. Both runners advanced on Nick Markakis' groundout to first and scored when Pearce's grounder skipped off the heel of Bogaerts' glove and into left field.

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