Bullpen blows Sox lead, lose another to O's, 7-5

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Bullpen blows Sox lead, lose another to O's, 7-5

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON The Red Sox 7-5 loss to the Orioles Tuesday night at Fenway Park could be their most discouraging loss of the season, falling to the team with the American Leagues second-worst record and the third-worst record in baseball.

There were plenty of reasons for the loss poor pitching, lack of timely hitting (the Sox were 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position) and sloppy defense.

Nursing a tenuous one-run lead in the eighth inning, Daniel Bard gave up two singles with a strikeout in between, before being lifted for Jonathan Papelbon. After another strikeout, Papelbon loaded the bases before giving up the devastating three-run double to O's lead-off batter Robert Andino that crushed the Sox.

The performance of starter Erik Bedard did little to inspire confidence in the starting pitching that has been horrendous this month. Bedard lasted just 2 23 innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with no strikeouts. He threw 76 pitches 51 in the third inning, tying a major-league high for one inning this season. Despite his performance, Bedards outing actually lowered the ERA of Sox starting pitchers in September from 6.87 to 6.77.

With one run already across in the top of the third, Josh Reddicks error on what would have been the third out instead opened the door for the Os to add three more runs.

The only thing to mitigate the sting of such an embarrassing loss was the Rays loss to the Yankees in New York, cutting the Sox magic number to clinch the AL wild card to seven.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter at http:twitter.commaureenamullen.

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.