Red Sox fall continues with 6-3 loss to Orioles

By DAVID GINSBURG | September 26, 2011 | 10:30 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, center, reacts after home plate umpire Laz Diaz called Ortiz striking out looking in the third inning of a baseball game on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Boston Red Sox found another way to lose, this time on a broken-bat single and an inside-the-park homer, and their 6-3 defeat against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night dropped them into a tie in the AL wild-card race.

Boston's 17th loss in 22 games enabled Tampa Bay to finally pull even in the duel for the league's final playoff spot. The Rays, who beat the New York Yankees 5-2, trailed by nine games after play on Sept. 3.

With the score 2-all in the sixth inning, Boston starter Josh Beckett (13-7) allowed four runs in an uprising that began with Vladimir Guerrero becoming the career hits leader among Dominican-born players.