It was winning pitcher Chris Davis who had the ice on.
Davis, who had a miserable day at the plate that almost got him into the record books for strikeouts, outpitched Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald to pick up the first win by an American League position player in 44 years. It enabled the Orioles to complete their first three-game sweep of the Red Sox in Fenway Park in 18 years with a 9-6, 17-inning triumph.
The victory, powered by Adam Jones' three-run homer off McDonald, also pushed the Orioles, who haven't had a winning season since 1997, into first place in the AL East, at 19-9. They are 10 games over .500 for the first time since 2005.
Davis struck out his first five times up and then, when another K would have tied the big league record for an extra-inning game, he grounded into a double play and later grounded out. That occurred before he came in to pitch in the bottom of the 16th (he also grounded out to end the 17th to go 0-for-8).
Davis his 91 mph on the radar gun in the first inning he pitched, but eventually tailed off the 85 mph.
"I was just out there trying to throw strikes and not blow the game," said Davis, a pitcher/first baseman in junior college. "A game like that where everybody's battling, trying to get a win, both teams are throwing everything they got at each other, you don't want to be the guy to blow it."
He almost was.
In the 16th, third baseman Wilson Betemit booted Marlon Byrd's grounder with two out, and Mike Aviles ripped a double to left-center. Jones got the relay to shortstop J.J. Hardy, whose short-hop throw was handled by catcher Matt Wieters to get Byrd in plenty of time.
McDonald then came on in the top of the 17th for Boston and walked Betemit, who was out trying to steal second. Hardy, who homered his first two times up, then doubled, his career-high fifth hit, and Nick Markakis walked. Jones then hit his eighth homer of the young season.