Red Sox wild card bid stalls with 4-2 loss to Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rookie Ryan Mountcastle hit his 32nd home run to help the Baltimore Orioles rally past nemesis Chris Sale and the Red Sox 4-2 Tuesday night, extending their losing streak to four games and stalling Boston’s bid to enhance its playoff position.

The Red Sox led 2-0 in the sixth before Mountcastle hit a two-run shot and Pedro Severino added an RBI single. A run-scoring single by Ryan McKenna made it 4-2 in the eighth, and Baltimore’s shaky bullpen made the advantage stand up.

Boston started the day with a one-game advantage over Toronto for the second and final AL wild-card slot. The Red Sox had dropped a game behind the Yankees for the No. 1 spot after being swept by New York in a three-game weekend series at Fenway Park.

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