Sox lose wild card lead after 6-3 loss to Orioles

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Sox lose wild card lead after 6-3 loss to Orioles

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.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam.

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

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Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot