He waited long enough Tuesday night to attack a pitch that was higher than Okajima wanted and hit a tying two-run single, one of his four hits in the Baltimore Orioles 10-6 win over the Red Sox.
"He threw a couple of heaters that I couldn't get to that were pretty well placed today," said Huff, who was 1-for-7 with three strikeouts against Okajima before the game. "He left me a changeup up a little bit. Other than that, we've been patient against him."
The Orioles have eight of the nine runs Okajima has allowed this year. They added three more in the ninth against Craig Hansen while their own bullpen pitched four scoreless innings.
"After you score, you have to put a zero up and that turns it around," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "You've got to wait [Okajima] out. You can't chase pitches off the plate."
On a steamy night with a game-time temperature of 93 degrees, the Orioles scored in just three innings with four runs in the second, three in the seventh and three in the ninth. They've scored 29 runs in their last four games, three of them wins.
"It's tough to come in here and play. It always has been ever since I've been in this division," said Huff, who spent 6½ seasons with Tampa Bay. "Probably the best thing we did was tack on three more runs there in the ninth inning because I've seen these guys come back."
Okajima has allowed eight earned runs in 5 1/3 innings against Baltimore, an ERA of 13.50 this year. In his other games, he's given up just one run in 22 2/3 innings, an ERA of 0.40.
"He was up with a lot of pitches and behind in the count," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
The Orioles padded the lead in the ninth against Hansen, loading the bases with no outs on a single by Nick Markakis, an error by second basemen Dustin Pedroia and Huff's fourth single. Jay Payton's infield single drove in one run and Ramon Hernandez's single sent home the last two.
George Sherrill pitched the ninth but did not add to his total of 21 saves, third in the majors. After Daniel Cabrera allowed six runs in five innings, Dennis Sarfate (4-1), Jamie Walker, Chad Bradford and Sherrill held the Red Sox scoreless.
Boston rallied to take a 6-4 lead in the fifth on a two-run homer by Drew, his ninth of the year, after Pedroia was hit by Cabrera's pitch. Ramirez then hit his 15th homer of the season and 505th of his career, snapping a tie with former Oriole Eddie Murray and going into 23rd place on the career list.
In a pregame ceremony, Murray presented Ramirez with a plaque commemorating his 500th homer, hit off Bradford in Baltimore on May 31. But with two outs and the bases empty in the seventh, Bradford retired Ramirez on a popup to first baseman Millar.
Bradford also reached a No. 500 milestone -- his number of major league appearances.
"He got his 500th against me," Bradford said. "It's a little bit different deal. It was just good that we were able to pull out the win."
"I didn't think he hit it hard," Beckett said of Roberts' hit off the left field wall. "I think at first he thought it was an out, then he thought that there was a chance just with the way wind was swirling that it was going to hit the wall."
The Red Sox had taken a 1-0 lead in the first when Jacoby Ellsbury singled, took third on Pedroia's double and scored when Ramirez grounded into a double play.
They cut the lead to 4-3 in the third when they loaded the bases with no outs on a single by Pedroia, a walk to Drew and a single by Ramirez. Pedroia scored when Mike Lowell grounded into a forceout at second and Drew came in on another force play.
Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 14 games and Drew to nine. ... Pedroia broke an 0-for-18 slump. ... Baltimore designated RHP Steve Trachsel for assignment and promoted 1B Oscar Salazar from Triple-A Norfolk. Trachsel was 2-5 with an 8.39 ERA in 10 games. ... The Orioles wore black armbands in memory of sportscaster Jim McKay, a minority owner of the team who died Saturday. ... The Red Sox hit consecutive homers for the sixth time this season. ... Boston just missed two homers in the third when Ramirez's shot to right and Lowell's drive to left just went foul. ... Ramirez tied Tony Perez for 24th on the all-time list with 1,652 RBIs.