Boston Red Sox

Sep 28, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) looks on between pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Things are going south — and in a hurry — for the Boston Red Sox.

In Baltimore on the heels of a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees (and knocked out of the top wild card spot in the process), the Red Sox found themselves in a favorable spot against the hapless Orioles. But it most definitely didn’t play out that way on Tuesday, as the Red Sox found themselves on the wrong end of a 4-2 final at Camden Yards.

And Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who took the loss, summed it up best.

“Yeah, that f–king sucked,” Sale said after Tuesday’s loss. “There’s no question. We have to win these games. That’s it. Any game we lose, that  f–king sucks. Any game we win, we’re one step closer.”

Boston’s latest loss, coupled with another Yankees win, has given the Bombers a two-game lead over the Red Sox for the top wild card spot in the American League. The ‘good’ news within the Yankees’ victory is that it came against the Blue Jays, which kept the Jays one game back of the Red Sox for the second wild card spot. The Mariners, however, did gain a game on the Red Sox on Tuesday night and are now one game behind Boston for the final wild card spot.

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