If Thursday's 13-inning marathon between the Red Sox and Orioles had gone much longer, Freddy Garcia's scheduled Saturday start might have been in jeopardy.
With six relievers already used and Baltimore manager Buck Showalter running out of arms, Garcia was an emergency option.
But Chris Davis' bloop single in the bottom of the 13th eased those worries, as he gave his team the win and helped save Garcia in the process.
Following the Orioles' dispatching of the Red Sox, 2-0, on Friday, Garcia will take the mound with a chance to guarantee a series win for Baltimore and close the gap in the American League East to a half-game.
This will be Garcia's first outing since an extended rain delay forced him out of a game against the Angels after six innings of work. He gave up two runs in that start and earned the win.
Garcia will face right-hander John Lackey, who is coming off a bumpy outing against Tampa Bay. Lackey surrendered 10 hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Rays, but he also helped incite a bench-clearing altercation between the teams.
After Lackey drilled Matt Joyce on the upper back and Joyce started toward the mound, the benches cleared, but after the game Lackey maintained his innocence.
"I was trying to come in there and get him off the plate a little bit," said Lackey. "They were swinging quite a bit, at pretty much everything I threw up there, so I was trying to maybe get a little bit of plate for me."
Both Garcia and Lackey will try to go deep into Saturday's game to save their respective taxed bullpens.
After combining to use 11 relievers on Thursday, the Orioles and Red Sox borrowed from their Minor League systems for help.
The Red Sox optioned Alex Wilson, who had just been called up on Thursday, back to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Rubby De La Rosa. The Orioles recalled right-hander Jake Arrieta on Friday and optioned rookie Kevin Gausman, who started for Baltimore on Thursday, to Triple-A Norfolk.
Red Sox: Ciriaco traded to Padres
Utility man Pedro Ciriaco is now with San Diego. Ciriaco, whom the Red Sox designated for assignment on Monday, was shipped west for a player to be named and cash considerations. He batted .216 in 28 games for the Red Sox, and with the emergence of Jose Iglesias, there was no longer room for him on the Major League roster.
Ciriaco batted .293 in 76 games last year for the Red Sox and has played every position except pitcher and catcher during his 135-game Major League career.
Orioles: Reimold to begin rehab stint
Outfielder Nolan Reimold, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, is scheduled to begin his rehab stint at Double-A Bowie on Tuesday.
Reimold, who hasn't appeared in a game since May 11, expects to be back with the Orioles in fewer than the maximum 20 days that position players are allowed for rehab.
He was batting .188 with four homers and nine RBIs before the injury.
• Manny Machado doubled in the first inning on Friday to extend his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. According to STATS, he's just the fourth player since 1969 to have two hitting streaks of 11 games or more before turning 21.
• Entering Friday, Red Sox relievers had recorded a 2.31 ERA in road games this season, compared with a 5.62 mark at home.
• David Ortiz leads the AL with 14 RBIs in June and is tied for the lead with five homers in the month.
Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.