BOSTON -- Entering Tuesday's game, the Red Sox bullpen had compiled a 1.98 ERA for the past six weeks, the lowest mark for any bullpen in the big leagues.
Boston's relievers picked a bad night for a rare meltdown.
In the tenth inning, after a game-tying two-run home run over the Wall in the bottom of the ninth by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Alfredo Aceves allowed two runs on three hits in his second inning of work and the Red Sox lost, 8-6.
The Boston bullpen lost a lead in the seventh inning as well. With the Sox clinging to a 4-3 lead, Scott Atchison and Matt Albers combined to allow two runs (plus an inherited runner) on four hits as the Baltimore Orioles overtook the Sox for a 6-4 victory.
The two runs against Atchison brought an end to a scoreless streak that had lasted 19 23 innings.
The Red Sox had taken their first lead of the night in the bottom of the sixth when Mike Aviles singled home one run and a sacrifice fly by Scott Podsednik accounted for another.
The Orioles had taken advantage of an error by Aviles in the third to allow two unearned runs. The Sox pulled even in the fifth when the Orioles committed an error of their own.
Jon Lester pitched into the seventh and was charged with four runs, two of them earned.
Aviles led the Red Sox offense with three hits while Podsednik added two, plus a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.