(Reuters) - David Ortiz sparked a dramatic comeback with a sixth-inning home run to help the Boston Red Sox beat the first-place Baltimore Orioles 8-6 on Monday to get their record back on level terms for the first time in nearly a month.
Trailing 5-2 on the road, Ortiz blasted a solo homer to trigger Boston's three-run sixth, and the surging Red Sox added late runs to secure their ninth victory in 11 games.
Boston were in a tailspin at the beginning of the month, but have now tied with the Yankees at 21-21, the first time the team have been .500 since April 30.
They trail Baltimore by 5 ½ games.
The Orioles (27-16) scored four times in the third, and Chris Davis homered in the fifth to give the home team early control but the Red Sox rallied back.
Adrian Gonzalez hit the go-ahead sacrifice-fly in the seventh, where Will Middlebrooks had a run-scoring single, while Dustin Pedroia added an RBI in the eighth.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Alastair Himmer)