Joe Morgan either deserves an award for poise, or he's not paying attention.

The Boston Manager watched his Red Sox tumble out of first place in an 8-4 loss to Baltimore Wednesday night, their eighth loss in 10 games, then said there's no need to panic."We're not in trouble yet," he said. "We're only one game behind. We don't have to panic, if ever. There are no breaks to be had when you're going lousy."

The Orioles, with the American League's second-worst offense, banged out 12 hits. The decision, combined with Toronto's 7-6 victory over New York, left the Red Sox behind in the East Division.

"We've got to get our butts going in New York," Boston outfielder Mike Greenwell said. "The day off will help. If we can sweep, we'll go home where we play our best."

Sam Horn lined a three-run homer in the fifth inning, handing the Red Sox their eighth loss in their last 10 games. Boston's slump has coincided with the absence of ace Roger Clemens, who returns to the starting rotation Sunday against New York after resting a sore right shoulder.

"It will be more than a psychological lift, that's for sure," Morgan said.