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Orioles Vs. Red Sox: Circus Double Play Keeps Sox Ahead

Marco Scutaro's coming up big in the Red Sox' biggest game of the season.

In the fourth inning, he doubled and eventually scored after coercing Alfredo Simon into a balk.

In the fifth inning, Scutaro cut down the tying runner at the plate with a perfectly adequate throw to catcher Ryan Lavarnway.

But Scutaro topped those feats in the sixth.

With Red Sox starter Jon Lester still on the mound, J.J. Hardy led off with a walk, marking his third time on base. Lester walked Nick Markakis too, and the Sox were in a serious jam with Vladimir Guerrero due next.

Then this happened:


In case you've misplaced your reading glasses, Scutaro snared Guerrero's grounder, and shoveled the ball perfectly to Dustin Pedroia, who was standing on second base and relayed to Adrian Gonzalez to complete what just might have been a season-saving double play.

But the Sox weren't out of the woods yet, because with Hardy on third, Lester walked Matt Wieters ... but ultimately struck out Adam Jones on a curveball in the dirt with his 93rd pitch.