BOSTON — Mike Carp didn't need a line drive, deep shot or hit into the gap. His little bloop dropped in perfectly for the Red Sox.
Carp's pinch-hit floater dropped just beyond the glove of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado in the eighth inning, scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia from second with the tiebreaking run and lifting the Red Sox to a 4-3 win Wednesday night.
"Sometimes it's all about placement," he said, smiling. "I didn't get a lot of it, but it's a funny game. You can hit a ball hard, guys were hitting the balls hard, but right at people. It just takes just one little squibber, one little jam shot to seal the deal."
The AL East-leading Red Sox won in their final at-bat for the 20th time in their 79 victories. Last season, Boston finished last with 69 wins.
"This is a group that knows how to play with the game situation that's in front of them," manager John Farrell said. "They love to compete and love to work on any given day."