Payton Powers O's Past BoSox

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 10:31 PM CDT
Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez reaches into the stands to slap hands with a fan after he caught a fly ball by Baltimore Orioles' Kevin Millar during the fourth inning of a baseball game.   (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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(Newser) – Jay Payton hit his fourth career grand slam to back a gritty pitching effort by Daniel Cabrera, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Wednesday for a two-game sweep. Solo homers by Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell, and a defensive gem by Manny Ramirez _ yes, Manny Ramirez _ weren't enough to prevent the Red Sox from losing their fourth straight.

 It was the third consecutive game in which Boston blew a three-run lead. The Orioles trailed 3-2 before going ahead in the seventh. With two outs, Freddie Bynum was credited with an infield hit when second baseman Dustin Pedroia couldn't make a play on a grounder. After Craig Hansen (0-2) gave up a single to Guillermo Quiroz and walked Brian Roberts to load the bases, Payton hit the second pitch from Hideki Okajima into the left-field seats.