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BOSTON — The reeling Boston Red Sox blew another late lead and lost for the 14th time in 18 games, booed by fans at Fenway Park after Vladimir Guerrero and the Baltimore Orioles rallied for a 6-4 win Wednesday night.
Despite the loss Boston's lead over Tampa Bay for the AL wild-card spot increased to 21/2 games.
Ace Josh Beckett took the mound, hoping to put some distance between Boston and the Rays. Beckett (13-6) allowed just one hit through five innings as the Red Sox built a 4-1 lead, but he allowed a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh on Mark Reynolds' second homer that tied the game.
YANKEES 4-4, RAYS 2-2: At New York, the Yankees are going to the playoffs for the 16th time in 17 years. Eduardo Nunez hit a tying home run in the eighth inning, Robinson Cano followed with a two-run double and the Yankees handed the Rays a damaging defeat in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. In the night game, a makeup for a rainout last month, CC Sabathia failed in his bid to reach 20 wins for the second time in his career. Wasting a 2-0 lead, he allowed solo homers to No. 9 hitter Kelly Shoppach in the fifth and Sean Rodriguez in the seventh, the latter clanking high off the left-field foul pole.
TIGERS 6, ROYALS 3: At Kansas City, Mo., Ramon Santiago drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Don Kelly added a two-run homer for the Tigers. Victor Martinez produced three RBIs for Detroit. Doug Fister (10-13) yielded two hits over three shutout innings of relief, and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth to remain perfect in 47 save chances.
MARINERS 5, TWINS 4: At Minneapolis, Ichiro Suzuki stopped Kevin Slowey's no-hitter with a two-out infield single in the sixth inning and added an RBI double in the seventh, handing the Twins an 11th straight defeat. This is the third-longest losing streak in Minnesota's 51-season history, behind a 14-game skid in 1982 and 13 in a row in 1961, the first year here after the franchise moved from Washington. The Twins (59-95) need two more wins to top their worst finish in Minnesota, 60-102 in 1982.
ANGELS 7, BLUE JAYS 2: At Toronto, Dan Haren's outing ended after he was hit by a line drive on the final out of the eighth inning while Peter Bourjos and Vernon Wells homered for the Angels. Haren (16-9) was struck on the inside of the left wrist, his non-throwing arm, by Eric Thames' liner. The ball caromed to Maicer Izturis at second base, who threw to first for the third out as Haren fell to the ground in pain. He was able to walk off but headed straight down the tunnel to the clubhouse.
WHITE SOX 8, INDIANS 4: At Cleveland, Mark Buehrle bounced back from a poor outing and pitched six effective innings for the White Sox. Buehrle (12-9) gave up two runs and four hits. He had gone 0-3 with an 11.74 ERA in three previous September starts, allowing 33 hits in only 151/3 innings. Buehrle's skid included a career-worst 15 hits in 61/3 innings in a 7-2 loss to Kansas City last Thursday. The left-hander left that start after being hit in the left arm by a line drive off the bat of Alcides Escobar.
RANGERS 3, ATHLETICS 2: At Oakland, Calif. C.J. Wilson struck out eight batters in six innings for Texas, but Koji Uehara (2-3) pitched the seventh for the win. Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler hit their 24th and 30th home runs this season, respectively.
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