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Davis lifts Orioles over Red Sox 6-4 in 13 innings

Elise Amendola | AP
Elise Amendola | AP
Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts as he flies out to right field, leaving a man on, to end the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, May 4, 2012.
The Associated Press

BOSTON — Chris Davis drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the top of the 13th inning and the Baltimore Orioles outlasted the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Friday night.

Mark Reynolds, who hit his first homer of the season in the third, added a sacrifice fly in the 13th and Jim Johnson put Boston down in order to end the game after 4 hours and 37 minutes.

Troy Patton (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings and Johnson picked up his eighth save.

Franklin Morales (0-1) allowed two hits in 2-3 of an inning in Boston’s eighth loss in its last nine home games.

Matt Wieters hit a one-out single off Morales in the top of the 13th and Wilson Betemit walked before Davis singled to right. Boston manager Bobby Valentine then brought in reliever Scott Atchison, who allowed Reynolds’ sacrifice fly to center.

Baltimore has won nine of its last 11 and extended Boston’s losing streak to three.

Adrian Gonzalez had three hits for the Red Sox, who took three different leads but couldn’t hang on to any of them.

The Red Sox had a chance to pull ahead in the bottom of the eighth when David Ortiz led off with a walk, but he got caught going too far on a line drive by Cody Ross. Shortstop J.J. Hardy made a diving grab, then from his knees threw a strike to first in time to double up Ortiz.

Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen was pulled after reaching 100 pitches in just five innings.

Boston’s Jon Lester lasted only slightly longer, going six innings before Vicente Padilla started the seventh with the Red Sox holding a 4-3 lead. That ended quickly when Baltimore loaded the bases with nobody out. J.J. Hardy grounded into a double play, allowing Reynolds to score. The run snapped a streak of 11 straight scoreless innings by Boston relievers over the last three games.

Will Middlebrooks, playing in just his second major league game, hustled for a double to lead off the fifth and scored on Dustin Pedroia’s single for a 4-3 Boston lead.

The Orioles had three errors before the second inning was over, then a passed ball by catcher Ronny Paulino allowed Ross to score and put Boston up 1-0.

Reynolds snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a leadoff homer over the Green Monster in the third to tie it 1-all, then Boston took the lead right back with a pair of runs in the third.

NOTES: RHP Aaron Cook, signed by Boston as a free agent in January, is scheduled to make his Red Sox debut Saturday after going 3-0 for Triple-A Pawtucket. Cook will start in place of Josh Beckett, who has had some stiffness after his last two starts. … Reynolds’ homer in the third was his first of the season. He went without a home run in April for the first time in his career. … Ross lost his grip while striking out in the fifth and the bat sailed high over Baltimore’s dugout and — fortunately — landed in an aisle without hitting anybody. … Lester was 14-0 with a 2.36 ERA in 18 career starts against Baltimore entering the game. … Boston RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka was scheduled to make his third rehab start Friday night for Triple-A Pawtucket, but has a problem with his neck. He is tentatively scheduled to start Monday against Rochester. … The Orioles placed OF Nolan Reimold on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disc and recalled C Luis Exposito from Triple-A Norfolk. … Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, changed an official scorer’s decision and gave Nick Johnson an additional double in Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees. Torre took an error away from left fielder Eduardo Nunez, who allowed the ball to fall. That made both runs earned off Boone Logan.

YANKEES 6, ROYALS 2: Leave it to CC Sabathia and Derek Jeter, a couple of grizzled veterans, to give the New York Yankees an uplifting performance when they need it the most.

Jeter hit a two-run homer to break open a close game, Sabathia went eight innings for the third straight time, and the Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Friday night in Kansas City, Mo. They snapped a three-game skid while also taking a bold first step after losing closer Mariano Rivera to injury.

“We lost three in a row. We didn’t finish up the homestand the way we wanted. We had to deal with what we had to deal with yesterday. I thought it was important that we bounce back,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We cashed in four runs with two outs. It was outstanding.”

An encouraging night began with Rivera’s announcement that he plans to return from a torn ACL and meniscus damage in his right knee rather than retire, and it ended when David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth to give Sabathia (4-0) his fourth straight victory.

“CC steps up when we need it,” said Jeter, who singled and scored on Mark Teixeira’s homer in the first before delivering a two-run shot of his own during a four-run seventh inning.

“He likes to be out there,” Jeter said. “He likes to finish games.”

Jeter’s homer off Bruce Chen (0-4) was his fifth of the season, a number he didn’t reach until Sept. 4 last season. He’s batting a robust .404 this year, though he brusquely dismissed any notion that he’s playing above his own expectations.

“They are very good hitters. Right now Jeter is very hot,” Chen said. “I’m not saying he’s not a good hitter, but like right now, he’s on fire and hitting the ball well.”

The Yankees had reason to celebrate when Jeff Francoeur went down swinging for the final out.

Rivera told his teammates prior to the game that he plans to have surgery to repair a torn ACL and damaged meniscus in his right knee. The injury occurred Thursday night when baseball’s career saves leader was shagging fly balls near the warning track during batting practice.

“I’m coming back. Write it down in big letters,” Rivera said. “I’m not going out like this.”

The news appeared to give the Yankees a lift, especially after dropping their third straight game Thursday night. Sabathia was sharp on the mound and the potent New York lineup finally let loose after struggling to put up runs for the better part of a week.

“It feels good. It always feels good,” Sabathia said, “especially considering everything we’ve been through over the past day.”

Jeter’s leadoff single was his fifth hit in six at-bats in the series, and Teixeira made it hurt when he pounded a 1-1 pitch into the seats overlooking the Royals’ bullpen in left field.

Kansas City answered in the bottom half of the first. Alex Gordon followed a base hit by Jarrod Dyson with an RBI double, and Francoeur’s two-out double tied the game.

The Royals couldn’t have known that’s all the offense they would muster.

Sabathia retired 12 straight after a two-out double by Alcides Escobar in the second. Eric Hosmer broke up the streak with a two-out triple in the sixth that hit the wall just over Curtis Granderson’s head — about two feet shy of clearing the center-field fence.

Francoeur grounded out to end the inning.

Sabathia also left a runner on third in the seventh, when Mike Moustakas doubled leading off and Chris Getz delivered a base hit. Escobar grounded into a double play to end that inning.

Sabathia allowed seven hits and struck out five without issuing a walk.

“I sitting over there during the course of the game, trying to figure out a better left-hander in the game today,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I couldn’t come up with one.”

Chen matched him nearly inning-for-inning until the seventh.

Cano led off with a single, but all the real damage came with two outs. Eduardo Nunez hit a go-ahead triple into the right-field corner, and Chris Stewart followed with an RBI single.

Then the big blow from Jeter, a two-run shot over the center-field wall.

Robertson finished up the game in a non-save situation. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the right-hander would likely get the first chance to save games in place of Rivera, though he did not rule out former Rays closer Rafael Soriano also pitching the ninth.

“We wanted to give him a little experience in that sense, but he also hasn’t worked in three or four days, too,” Girardi said. “You like to keep your relievers going, so we thought we would get him in there.”

Notes: The Yankees transferred RHP Michael Pineda to the 60-day DL and optioned RHP D.J. Mitchell to Triple-A. They recalled RHP Cody Eppley from the same squad and signed OF Dewayne Wise to a major league contract. … Yankees OF Nick Swisher (hamstring) took BP on the field before the game and plans to run bases Saturday. … Royals RHP Greg Holland (ribcage) will throw BP on Saturday and could leave for a rehab assignment Tuesday. … RHP Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound Saturday for New York. RHP Felipe Paulino will make his season debut for Kansas City.

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