MLB: Boston 6, Baltimore 4

Sept. 2, 2010 at 10:34 PM

BALTIMORE, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Adrian Beltre homered to touch off a five-run second inning Thursday and the Boston Red Sox survived a shaky ninth to defeat Baltimore 6-4.

Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon had runners on second and third in the ninth with one away before striking out both Cesar Izturis and Josh Bell to preserve the victory.

David Ortiz contributed a two-run single in the second and Boston capitalized on a fielding error by first baseman Ty Wigginton that made three of the runs in the inning unearned.

The Orioles got back in the game with a four-run sixth that featured a two-run double by Matt Wieters.

Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-4) got the win, giving up all four runs on six hits with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. It was the 35th save for Papelbon.

Brad Bergesen (6-10) allowed eight hits and walked five in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.

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