- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles nearly lost twice in 20 hours after taking big leads against the Boston Red Sox in both games.

Tommy Hunter made sure they didn’t.

The closer worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning, and Baltimore won 7-6 on Monday after taking a six-run lead.

“It was just big for us, especially after last night’s loss, an emotional loss, and the late night, then turn it around and have an early day game,” Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said.

The traditional morning Patriots’ Day game began at 11:09 a.m., just 12 hours, 28 minutes after Boston won 6-5 in a game it trailed by five runs.

“Once you show up here, we have a job to do,” Baltimore’s Adam Jones said. “It doesn’t matter what time it is.”

Even if the game is tough to get through.

“I was talking to Jones about the seventh inning and he was gassed,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, “absolutely gassed.”

A year after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox had plenty of chances to make a special day even more memorable.

They almost succeeded.

Boston scored one run in each of the last three innings but stranded runners in scoring position in all of them.

“Our guys battled and fought and did a good job of making a game of it and it came down to the last pitch,” catcher David Ross said. “We did a good job of representing Red Sox baseball today. We just want to win, obviously, for the fans and the whole situation.’”

Boston beat Tampa Bay 3-2 in last year’s Patriots’ Day game. About 40 minutes after the final out, two bombs went off near the marathon finish line a little over a mile from Fenway Park, killing three spectators.

Monday’s game started about an hour before Meb Keflezighi crossed the finish line as the first American man to win the Marathon since Greg Meyer in 1983. A long, loud cheer went up when the result of the race was shown on the center field video screen.

Boston’s Mike Napoli called Monday “a special day.”

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