The Orioles aren’t going to the playoffs. The Boston Red Sox are. Earlier on Saturday night the Red Sox clinched the best record in the American League when Oakland lost at Seattle so the game didn’t mean much to Boston. It did to the Orioles. Their 6-5 win before 36551 at Oriole Park guaranteed the Orioles the season series over the Red Sox. “It's going to end up being the team with the best record in the American League so... I'd trade places with them and have lost the series" manager Buck Showalter said. Some Orioles fans will liken this to the final game of the 2011 season when Robert Andino’s post-midnight hit knocked Boston out of the postseason. The Orioles won’t but they won’t minimize its importance. “We are playing for something. We could talk for hours about what it is” Showalter said. “No one in that clubhouse feels like we're not playing for something." Steve Pearce who’s playing for a major league job in 2014 had a season-high three RBIs and a two-run eighth-inning double off Junichi Tawaza (5-4). “It’s the toughest division in baseball. We beat up on each other all year” Pearce said. “It’s a great atmosphere every time we play each other.” The Orioles (84-77) have beaten the Red Sox (97-64) in 10 of 18 games. It’s the second straight year they’ve won the season series. That last happened in 1991-92. “I think it is always good when you end on a good note and that’s what we’re trying to do. We kind of had a little meeting as a pitching staff right before Toronto came into town (on Tuesday). We thought about (how) an 85-win season is a lot better than 81. So we wanted to finish strong and everybody kind of put a check mark by their name for next year” Kevin Gausman said. Gausman (3-5) retired all four batters he faced for the win.
Pearce's double the big hit in Orioles' 6-5 win over Red Sox
CSN Baltimore | Sep 29