By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BALTIMORE -- So much for momentum.
If the Red Sox were buoyed at all by their 14-inning win Sunday night, they didn't show it Monday night, dropping a 6-3 decision to the last-place Baltimore Orioles. The defeat allowed the Tampa Bay Rays, who beat New York Monday night, to move into a tie for the American League wild-card spot.
It was the eighth loss in the last 10 games overall for the Sox and fourth in their last five meetings with the Orioles.
The Sox held leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but Josh Beckett failed to hold either lead, then gave up four runs in the sixth as the game got out of hand.
Dustin Pedroia singled home a run in the ninth as the Red Sox brought the potential tying run to the plate with one out but close Jim Johnson got Adrian Gonzalez to fly to left and Jed Lowrie swinging to end it.
Chris Davis snapped the 2-2 tie with a go-ahead single and Robert Andino cranked a three-run, inside-the-park homer to push the game out of reach.
Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury tracked Andino's deep blast to the warning track in center and caught the ball, only to have the ball squirt loose from his glove when he crashed into the center field wall.
It was the second huge hit for Andino against the Sox in the last week. He delivered a bases-loaded double off Jonathan Papelbon last Tuesday at Fenway.
Beckett has just one win his last four outings and has lost twice to the O's in the last week, allowing 12 runs in 13 13 innings in the two starts.
A double by Jacoby Ellsbury and a throwing error by Matt Angle led to the first Boston run. Lowrie homered to lead off the fourth for the second.