BOSTON (AP) — The reeling Boston Red Sox blew another late lead and lost for the 14th time in 18 games, beaten when Vladimir Guerrero and the Baltimore Orioles rallied for a 6-4 win Wednesday night.
Boston began the day with a two-game edge over Tampa Bay for the AL wild-card spot. The Rays lost the opener of a day-night doubleheader to the New York Yankees 4-2.
Ace Josh Beckett took the mound at Fenway Park, hoping to put some distance between Boston and the Rays. Beckett (13-6) allowed just one hit through five innings as the Red Sox built a 4-1 lead.
But Beckett allowed a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh on Mark Reynolds’ second homer that tied the game. The Orioles then put runners on second and third with one out in the eighth against Beckett, and reliever Alfredo Aceves gave up Guerrero’s hard, two-run single to center field.