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  • June 4, 2017 7:33 PM CDT

    BOSTON -- Mike Carp didnt need a line drive, a deep shot or to hit into the gap. Eddie Vanderdoes Jersey . His little bloop dropped in perfectly for the Boston Red Sox. Carps pinch-hit floater dropped just beyond the glove of Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado in the eighth inning, scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia from second with the tiebreaking run and lifting the Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night. "Sometimes its all about placement," he said, breaking into a smile. "I didnt get a lot of it, but its a funny game. You can hit a ball hard, guys were hitting the balls hard, but right at people. It just takes just one little squibber, one little jam shot to seal the deal." The AL East-leading Red Sox continued their run from last to first with another final at-bat win. It was the 20th time in their 79 wins that theyve gone ahead in their final turn at the plate. Last season, the Red Sox were last in the division with 69 wins. "This is a group that knows how to play with the game situation thats in front of them," Boston manager John Farrell said. "They love to compete and love to work on any given day. I think this is the 30th time weve come from behind to win and it kind of shows the grit and character thats been with this team all year." Shane Victorino drove in a run for Boston with an RBI single after collecting a career-best seven RBIs and hitting two homers in a 13-2 win on Tuesday night. Craig Breslow (4-2) got two outs to earn the win and Koji Uehara got his 14th save with a perfect ninth for Red Sox, who won their fourth straight. Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 47th homer and added an RBI double for Baltimore, which lost for the sixth time in its last eight games. Saltalamacchia hit a two-out double high off the left-field wall against Tommy Hunter (3-3) and Stephen Drew was walked intentionally before Carps bloop fell just past the glove of Machado in short left field. The Red Sox rallied against Baltimores bullpen, tying it 3-3 on Dustin Pedroias two-run single off Darren ODay in the seventh. Jacoby Ellsbury barely beat a throw to the plate, sliding in before a sweeping tag attempt by Matt Wieters. "Its not necessarily one that got away," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "They just dumped one in over there." Ellsbury left the game for a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth. During his seventh inning at-bat, he fouled a ball off his right foot. Farrell said an exam at the park was negative. "Ill be in there tomorrow," Ellsbury said. "It didnt feel good at all, but obviously it was a big part of the game. I wanted to be in scoring position to come around and score the run. It hit me on the foot. I wear a shin guard and it hit the top of the foot between the shin guard." With the Orioles leading 2-1 in the sixth, Davis belted a leadoff homer into Bostons bullpen. The Orioles had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Davis RBI double into the right-field corner after Machado singled. They made it 2-0 in the third on Machados homer over the Green Monster. Baltimore starter Bud Norris held Boston to one run and four hits, striking out seven and walking four over 5 1-3 innings. He was pulled after 105 pitches. "Sometimes you look into it, sometimes you dont," he said of the number of pitches he made. "Tonight it definitely affected me." Bostons John Lackey lasted 7 1-3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking one. The Red Sox cut it to 2-1 on Victorinos RBI single in the third, but they left the bases loaded when David Ortiz struck out swinging and Daniel Nava was called out on strikes. Ortiz, mired in a 0-for-18 slump, flew out to the left-field track twice in four at-bats. After the second one, which was caught in the corner for the final out of the fifth, he stood at first base for a while, looking toward the outfield before slowly walking to the dugout and slamming his helmet. NOTES: Orioles DH Wilson Betemit made his first start of the season after being sidelined since late March with a sprained right knee ligament and went 0 for 3. ... Ellsbury stole two bases, leaving him one short of 50 for the third time in his career. ... Farrell said RHP Clay Buchholz, on the DL since early June with a strained neck, will make his second rehab start Friday, pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket, and his third start "could be" in the majors. ... The Orioles recalled touted prospect Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk before the game and optioned left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to their Gulf Coast League affiliate. Showalter said "service time" allowed the club to send Chen to Sarasota, Fla. Hes scheduled to make his next start Sunday at New York against the Yankees. "Initially, I think he was thinking because he had a bad start last night that we were sending him to the Gulf Coast League," Showalter said. "That wasnt the case at all. His service time allowed us to send him there. He understands." ... RHP Chris Tillman (14-4, 3.66 ERA) goes in the series finale against Boston LHP Jon Lester (12-7, 3.97 ERA). ... Family members of MIT Police officer Sean Collier, who was allegedly killed by the Boston Marathon bombers, threw out ceremonial first pitches. David Sharpe Raiders Jersey . The Islanders own the fifth pick in the 2014 draft but had until June 1 to decide whether to keep it or defer to 2015. The selection was packaged in the teams deal for Thomas Vanek on October 27, 2013. Marshawn Lynch Womens Jersey .Y. - Matt Harvey wants to make sure hes on the mound in late October — if the New York Mets get there for the first time since 2006.The Montreal Canadiens received a spectacular goaltender effort from Carey Price in Game One at Boston. Scott Cullen has notes on Price, Tuukka Rask, P.K. Subban, Rene Bourque and more. HABS STEAL GAME ONE Despite being soundly outplayed by the hometown Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens emerged from Game One with a 4-3 double-overtime win, thanks to G Carey Price, who stopped 48 of the 51 shots that he faced. Price had a career-best .927 save percentage this season, but he had a .904 save percentage in the first round sweep over Tampa Bay, so its not like this game was standard fare. During the regular season, Price had a dozen games during which he recorded at least 35 saves, ranking fifth in the league. What is important for the Canadiens, though, is that Price is capable of stealing games like this because thats likely what is going to be required if Montreal is going to upset a superior puck possession team. At the other end, Vezina Trophy favourite Tuukka Rask stopped 29 of 33 shots and he was critical of his own performance. Maybe a little hard on himself, as goalies can be, but it could also reflect some frustration. For as great as Rask has been to this point in his career -- he has the best save percentage in the league since 2009-2010 -- but has had his problems with Montreal, including a .908 save percentage in 17 regular-season games against the Habs and has yet to beat the Canadiens in Boston, now 0-9 after Game One. Montreal got a pair of goals -- their first and last -- from D P.K. Subban, who played a game-high 33:49 in Game One and now has seven points in five playoff games this season. Likely the most pleasant surprise of this postseason for the Habs has been LW Rene Bourque, who scored three goals against Tampa Bay in the first round and came up with a goal and an assist against Boston. The Bruins controlled play so thoroughly that LW Daniel Paille hhad their worst possession numbers, and he was still on for 51. David Sharpe Jersey. 9% of 5-on-5 shot attempts. Defencemen Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara as well as C Patrice Bergeron and RW Reilly Smith were all on for better than 70% of shot attempts. There was an interesting allocation at the bottom of the Habs puck possession chart for this game. LW Travis Moen (17.4%) was at the very bottom, but the next four, all under 26%, were the shortest Habs -- RW Brendan Gallagher, C David Desharnais, C Daniel Briere and D Mike Weaver. The only two Canadiens over 50% in shot attempts were Bourque and Lars Eller. Its just one game, so this could mean nothing at all, but it might be worth watching to see if the Canadiens smaller players continue to have possession problems as the series progresses. Credit to Eller, by the way, for coming up with positive possession stats while starting with one offensive zone face-off compared to 17 in the defensive zone (5.6%) in Game One. One of the subplots of the game, from Montreals perspective, is that head coach Michel Therrien demoted RW Thomas Vanek from the first line to the fourth line from a point early in the second period until midway through the third period. Vanek finished the game with 18:58 of ice time, which ranked ninth among Montreal forwards. Certainly getting a Game One win on the road is favourable under any circumstances, but getting it in a game in which they were so thoroughly dominated is especially good for the Canadiens, who had to lean so heavily on their goaltending to even have a chance. Now, can they close the possession gap and try to take Game Two in Boston without requiring Price to deliver another out-of-this-world performance? Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. 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