Uehara, Red Sox fall to Orioles
Chris Davis tied the score with his club-record 51st home run in the sixth inning and the Orioles, who entered play two games off the wild card pace, struck for a run against dominant closer Koji Uehara to pull out the 3-2 win.
Ryan Dempster started for Boston and went the first six innings, failing to hold a 2-0 lead.
Davis broke Brady Anderson’s 1996 club record with his home run in the sixth.
The loss kept the Red Sox, whose magic number for clinching the AL dropped to three with Tampa Bay losing, from securing up a playoff spot. They needed a win and a Cleveland loss to clinch their first playoff berth since 2009.
The Orioles became unglued in the fourth. An error by third baseman Manny Machado led to a double steal by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew and then an error by left fielder Nate McLouth. Boston scored once and could have had more, but Pedroia banged into a double play.
NOTES: The three steals in the first four innings gave the Red Sox 35 straight, a club record. ... The center-field flag at Fenway Park was at half-staff because of the tragedy in Washington. ... Boston recalled RHPs Steven Wright and Brayan Villarreal and IF Brock Holt from Pawtucket. ... Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks was over his flu-like symptoms but missed his second straight game. ... The Orioles, who reinstated OF Steve Pearce from the 15-day disabled list and OF Henry Urritia from the restricted list (the Cuban defector wasn’t allowed to travel to Canada because of immigration trouble), hope to have Bud Norris, out with an elbow problem, start Saturday against Tampa Bay. With Miguel Gonzalez already hurt, manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t know what he’d do if Norris, who threw in the bullpen on Tuesday with no reported problems, can’t go. “We used to call it Johnny Wholestaff,” Showalter said. “We’ll see. I’m hoping Bud feels good enough to (start).” ... Orioles RHP Darren O’Day, out since Sept. 7 with tingling and numbness in his fingers, could rejoin the bullpen on Wednesday night.