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O's prevail in a Boston marathon

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox ran out of pitchers and options, then finally luck.

The Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep at Boston with a 9-6 win in 17 innings Sunday, an afternoon game that stretched well into the evening.

In the first major league game since 1925 in which both teams put a position player on the mound, Baltimore designated hitter Chris Davis overcame an awful day at the plate by pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win over Darnell McDonald, an outfielder Boston called upon once the Red Sox bullpen was also depleted.

"I don't like any losses. I've never found a loss that I thought was easy," manager Bobby Valentine said. "They're all difficult."

This one was especially tough -- even in a place that has seen repeated historical heartbreak such as Fenway Park, where there has been little celebrating its 100th anniversary so far this season.

The Red Sox have lost five straight at home, including nine of their past 10.

Davis went 0 for 8, striking out five times and grounding into a double play. But in a season full of surprises for the Orioles, a first baseman by trade delivered the biggest one yet in a crazy game at Fenway Park.

Adam Jones hit a three-run homer in the top of the 17th off McDonald.

Boston then got two runners on to start the 17th against Davis (1-0), making his pro pitching debut. With a fastball in the mid-80s mph, he struck out All-Star slugger Adrian Gonzalez and got McDonald to ground into a double play to end a game that lasted 6 hours, 7 minutes.

The last time two teams brought in position players to pitch in the same game was Oct. 4, 1925, when Hall of Famers Ty Cobb of Detroit and George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns closed out the second game of a doubleheader on the last day of the season, STATS LLC said.

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