Markakis and Orioles hold off Red Sox

Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer as the Orioles held off a late Red Sox charge to snap a nine-game losing streak with a 9-8 victory in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Fenway Park. Kurt Birkins (1-1) got the win in three innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits after spelling starter Radhames Liz. Liz lasted just three-plus innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, striking out three and walking three.