BALTIMORE (AP) - Scott Feldman's fifth start with the Baltimore Orioles was ruined by a supposedly light-hitting shortstop with the lowest batting average in Boston's starting lineup.
Stephen Drew hit two homers, drove in five runs and scored three times as the Red Sox beat Feldman and the Orioles 7-3 Saturday night.
The key blow came in the fourth inning, after Feldman gave up a pair of two-out singles. Drew followed with a drive to right for a 4-0 lead, a deficit that proved too difficult for the Orioles to overcome.
``It really just came down to that fourth inning,' Feldman said. ``Gave up a couple two-out knocks and then made a bad pitch to Drew and he hit it over the fence. That's not how I want things to go, but he is a good hitter and I just made a bad pitch to him right there. And he did damage with it.'
Feldman (2-2) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings. The right-hander won his previous two starts and appeared to right himself after coming to the Orioles in a July 2 trade with the Chicago Cubs.
Baltimore's Chris Davis went 1 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts, the 21st consecutive game in which the major league home run leader has struck out. He has fanned eight times in his last three games and hasn't homered since hitting No. 37 on July 14.
Asked how he was feeling at the plate, Davis replied, ``I felt really awesome, like a unicorn riding through a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end of it. You know, you go through slumps during the season. I was very fortunate to have very few in the first half.'
Boston slugger David Ortiz was ejected in the seventh inning by home plate umpire Tim Timmons for arguing a called strike during an at-bat that ended in a strikeout.
Ortiz destroyed the covers of two dugout phones with his bat, then charged onto the field and had to be restrained by manager John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo. Ortiz finally relented, but as a final gesture he threw an elbow pad in Timmons' direction.
The shattered pieces of plastic rained on teammate Dustin Pedroia, who finally yelled, `Stop!' at the enraged Ortiz.
``I got 17 years in the league and I don't think I deserve to be disrespected like that,' Ortiz said. ``You want to get respect from the players, you respect the players. That was horrible. Both of the pitches, not one.
``The funny thing is he wanted to act like it was the right call,' Ortiz added. ``I don't play that. I hit. You're not going to take my at_bats away.'
The antics of ``Big Papi' didn't detract from a much-needed victory against a strong division rival.
``We swung the bats great,' Pedroia said. ``It's a good win. We have to build on that. Guys get frustrated. It's part of the game. I just wanted to make sure David didn't get too bad where he gets suspended or any of that. ... He's the biggest part of our lineup. We can't afford to lose David for even one game.'
Ryan Dempster (6-8) gave up two runs in 5 1-3 innings to earn his first win in five starts since June 30. His previous four starts were no-decisions.
Boston went up 1-0 in the third when Drew singled and came home on a single by Jacoby Ellsbury. That provided a note of optimism for a slumping team that had produced only one run in its previous two games and came in with a 42-9 record when scoring first.
After Drew connected in the fourth, Baltimore got a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Brian Roberts.
But another homer by Drew provided the Red Sox with a five-run cushion in the sixth. The drive hit the top of the wall in right field, and although umpires initially ruled the ball in play, they adjourned for a replay and ultimately called it a home run.
After the Orioles got a sixth-inning run on a grounder by Matt Wieters, Shane Victorino homered on Jairo Asencio's first pitch of the night to make it 7-2 in the seventh.
J.J. Hardy singled in a run in the eighth for Baltimore.
NOTES: The start of the game was delayed by rain for 27 minutes. ... Boston improved to 3-6 against Baltimore this season. The Red Sox lost nine of their previous 11 games at Camden Yards. ... Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel seeks his first win since May 27 in the finale of the three-game series Sunday. Jon Lester, 14-2 lifetime against Baltimore, starts for Boston. ... Baltimore 2B Ryan Flaherty turned 27 Saturday. He hasn't had an at-bat since the All-Star break. ... Hardy went 1 for 2 against Dempster and is 3 for 32 lifetime against the right-hander.
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