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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Podsednik Hits First Homer Since '10, Red Sox Win 6-5

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 23: Catcher Luis Exposito ...
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 23: Catcher Luis Exposito #25 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on as Scott Podsednik #26 of the Boston Red Sox follows his eighth inning solo home during the Red Sox 6-5 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Scott Podsednik had 40 HR for his career going into today's matinee against the Orioles. His last one coming two years ago when he played with the Royals in 2010. Today though, in his first start with the Red Sox, the 35 year old veteran added another bomb to his resume and helped the Sox defeat the first place O's.

For the fourth time in as many starts, Daniel Bard allowed 4 walks in his outing but he was able to limit the damage and get through 5 1/3 IP giving up just 5 H and 2 ER with 2 K.

For the second consecutive game, Bard faced a bases loaded jam in the first inning but the righty was able to get out of this one with just one run scoring.

Nick Johnson hit a pair of homers for the Orioles but his sudden power surge wasn't enough to overcome the Red Sox.

Will Middlebrooks was 2-4 with an RBI double in the third that tied the game at 2.

Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach each hit their second homers of the season in the top of the sixth to give the Sox a 5-2 lead but the O's wouldn't go easily, a trait they've shown all season.

In the bottom half of the sixth, with Andrew Miller and his 0.00 ERA pitching, Nick Johnson hit his second homer of the game, this one a 2-run shot that brought the game to 5-4.

Scott Podsednik gave his new team some breathing room in the eighth though, with that homerun we talked about earlier. He finished the afternoon 2-3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.

The O's got another run off Vicente Padilla in the eighth, further proving that the reliever is much more successful coming in with runners on. He walked Nick Markakis, gave up a double to Adam Jones and Wilson Betemit drove in the fifth Baltimore run on a sacrifice fly, before handing the ball to Alfredo Aceves with 2 outs in the inning.

A perfect 1 1/3 later and the Red Sox had themselves a series win against the division leading Orioles. Even better, they leave town with a .500 record again, looking to do damage in the AL East. Bring on the Tampa Bay Rays.

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