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Well, things could be worse. Oh wait, I said that yesterday. The Red Sox continued their epic slide into the dark side of the history books by dropping the opening game in their three-game series with Baltimore by a score of 6-3. Combined with Tampa Bay’s 5-2 win over the Yankees, this puts the Rays and Sox in a tie for the Wild Card with just two games left to go in the season.
It was deja vu all over again as Boston put forth another horrific pitching performance. In the lead role tonight was Josh Beckett, who allowed 6 ER in 6.0 IP. On the flip side was Baltimore’s Tommy Hunter who surrendered only one run in his 5.0 IP.
Boston jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI double by MVP candidate Jacoby Ellsbury. After Baltimore tied it with a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd by catcher Matt Wieters, The Sox answered back in the 4th with a solo shot of their own by Jed Lowrie.
It was all tied up 2-2 in the bottom of the 6th and that’s when things took a turn for the worse. The Orioles offense came to life with four runs that were highlighted by a three-run inside-the-park home run by Robert Andino that put Baltimore up 6-2. Beckett finished the inning, but the damage was done.
The O’s bullpen was lights out until the 9th when Jacoby Ellsbury was first to the plate and was hit by a Jim Johnson pitch. A Johnson balk let Ellsbury advance to 2nd and a Carl Crawford groundout put Ellsbury at 3rd with one out. Dustin Pedroia drove him in to put the score at 6-3. David Ortiz singled to put two on with one out and Adrian Gonzalez coming to the plate. Gonzalez promptly flied out to left and Jed Lowrie followed that by striking out to end the game and put Boston in a tie for the Wild Card with Tampa Bay.
W: Troy Patton (2-1)
L: Josh Beckett (13-7)