Minutes after watching a thrilling baseball game that featured one surprising play after another, thousands of fans at Camden Yards had no idea what to expect after emerging from the safety of the ballpark. Good,” Ali Howard said at the exit, around 15 minutes after the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in 10 innings Saturday night to end a five-game losing streak. Outside the stadium, thousands gathered to protest the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody after suffering an unexplained spinal injury. In the middle of the ninth inning, after the Red Sox extended a game the Orioles seemingly had in hand, the public address announcer told the fans that the mayor and city officials requested no one leave the ballpark because of ”ongoing public safety issues.” By the bottom of the 10th, the restriction on departing the stadium had been lifted.

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Batting in the eighth inning of a tie game, Brock Holt wasn’t trying to emulate teammate David Ortiz. Holt hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Darren O’Day, and the Boston Red Sox beat Baltimore 7-5 Friday night to extend the Orioles’ losing streak to five games. Ortiz also connected with two runners on, and Hanley Ramirez added a solo shot for the Red Sox, who have won three of five this season against the defending AL East champions. Holt is not.

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The details are being treated as a state secret by three clubs believed to be using the product – the Cubs, Red Sox and Rays. What the producers made was they took I think the pitchers from major league baseball in 2014 and programmed every pitch they had thrown,” said Stephen Bruno, a Double-A infielder in the Cubs’ organization. The Red Sox said GM Ben Cherington did not want to comment on the topic. Matt Silverman, the president of baseball operations for Tampa Bay, did not respond to a message from The Associated Press.

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(Adds late games) April 23 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Thursday’s Major League Baseball games: – - – Mets 6, Braves 3 New York won a franchise record-tying 11th game in a row as second baseman Daniel Murphy had four RBIs in support of 41-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon in the victory over Atlanta at their Citi Field home. The Mets, who previously won 11 straight in 1990, improved to a Major League Baseball best 13-3. Colon became the fourth pitcher 40 years or older in 80 years — following 300-game winners Phil Niekro, Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens — to win his first four starts of the season. – - – Cardinals 4, Nationals 1 First baseman Matt Adams’ sixth-inning RBI single proved to be the difference Thursday in a pitchers’ duel as St. Louis beat Washington in the rubber game of a closely contested series.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The pitching may have been the story throughout most of the game, but Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera turned in the biggest play of the night against the Boston Red Sox. [ There's still time to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Rivera knocked a single to left field on a 79 mph curve from Anthony Varvaro, giving Tampa Bay the walk-off victory.  Up until that point, the game had been dominated by pitching. Boston starter Clay Buchholz turned in the more impressive start, striking out 10 batters over six innings. He allowed one run on just two hits during the outing. He was matched by Rays pitcher Jake Odorozzi throughout the contest. Odorizzi allowed one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three. With the performance, Odorizzi lowered his ERA to an exceptional 1.65 on the season. The Rays bullpen was phenomenal once Odorizzi left the game. Over 2 1/3 innings, Tampa’s relievers did not allow a hit against Boston. The Red Sox pen didn’t have the same luck. Varvaro struggled almost immediately in the ninth. After a leadoff single, he managed to pick up the first out of the inning with a fly out. Another single put men on first and second, and that’s when Rivera struck. With the win, the Rays improve to 8-8 on the season. TORONTO NEARLY BLOWS HUGE LEAD IN THE NINTH The Toronto Blue Jays nearly wasted an excellent start from pitcher Drew Hutchison on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Hutchison was on his game throughout most of the contest, turning in five perfect innings to open the game. A Manny Machado home run may have broken up Hutchison’s shot at history, but he remained strong after the play. Hutchison wound up allowing two runs on just four hits over eight innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks. That performance was almost all for naught, as Liam Hendriks and Miguel Castro had a tough time closing things out in the ninth. With the Blue Jays up by five, it seemed like things would be fine. Those two made it interesting. Hendriks opened the inning by giving up a leadoff single. He was able to pick up a strikeout against the next batter, but allowed two more singles before being pulled from the contest. Castro then entered with two men on and allowed a home run to Manny Machado. It was Machado’s second big fly of the night.  With the Orioles now down by one run, Castro was able to settle in, picking up a fly out and strikeout to finish the game.  With the 7-6, Toronto improved to 9-7 on the year.   ANGELS ONLY NOTCH ONE HIT, WIN ANYWAY The Los Angeles Angels only had one hit Thursday against the Oakland Athletics, but that was all they needed.  Kole Calhoun’s two-run homer in the third inning wound up being the difference maker for Los Angeles. After Drew Butera reached on an error, Calhoun belted a 93 mph fastball from Jesse Chavez out to right for the two-run blast.  Chavez had some issues with walks during the contest, but that was the only real mistake he made all game.  Chavez was matched by Nick Tropeano, who was making his first start of the season. Tropeano was fantastic, tossing six scoreless innings against Oakland. He struck out five during the contest.  The game marked the third time in team history the Angels have won a game after picking up just one hit. Zobrist flies out in foul territory, & for just the third time in franchise history, the #Angels win with only one hit. 2-0. Record now 7-9. — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 24, 2015 Los Angeles will begin a series with the Texas Rangers on Friday. WACHA COMES OUT VICTORIOUS OVER SCHERZER St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha had a tough task Thursday. He not only needed to shutdown a promising Washington Nationals’ offense, but he had to out-duel the team’s new ace Max Scherzer. He was successful in both areas, turning in a spectacular performance. Wacha gave up just one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked two.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Scherzer was nearly as strong, giving up two earned runs over seven innings. Scherzer struck out four batters, but did not put anyone on base via the walk.  With the win, Wacha is now 3-0 on the season. Over 20 1/3 innings, he’s posted a 1.35 ERA.  Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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In this week's Waiver Wired, D.J. Short discusses the early-season power exploits of Luis Valbuena and recommends stashing Tony Watson.

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Jacoby Ellsbury turned as if to start his swing and then crumpled to the ground after David Price’s pitch caught him square in the chest. With temperatures in the 30s in downtown Detroit, this was no way to begin the game. Ellsbury shook off the pain and went to first base, and Price’s problems were only beginning. The New York Yankees scored six runs off him in the first inning amid swirling snow flurries, and they went on to a 13-4 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

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Brad Johnson runs down the last week of closer news and offers advice on stolen base targets.

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Among the best defensive teams in the majors last season, the Baltimore Orioles seemed to be continuing that level of play this year. The suddenly error-prone Orioles try to avoid their first three-game skid of the season Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Only five teams in the majors made fewer errors than Baltimore’s 87 last season and the team’s .986 fielding percentage tied for third. More solid defense followed this year with the Orioles (7-7) committing an AL-best two errors in their first 10 games.

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The way Justin Masterson was pitching, he didn’t need much help. The Orioles gave it to him, anyway. On a rainy, chilly Patriots’ Day holiday, Baltimore made three errors that led to five unearned runs, Wei-Yin Chen struggled with his control and the Boston Red Sox won 7-1 Monday in a game shortened by rain to 6 1/2 innings. ”The errors kind of gift-wrapped or built into the four-run inning, along with some bases on balls,” Boston manager John Farrell said.

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