The Orioles did the Red Sox a big favor over the last two days, beating the Yankees in extra-innings both days. So what do the Red Sox do, knowing when they took the field they could gain some valuable ground?
Serve up stinkers on both days, and gain nothing. They really looked like they sleepwalked through this one.
A rotten 7-4 loss on Thursday night in Toronto, and the Sox drop 3 of 4 to the playing-for-2012 Jays. Andrew Miller once again proved he just isn't a major league-caliber starting pitcher, and put the Sox in a 4-0 hole in the second inning, and they could never fight their way out of it.
They made it cosmetically close by the ninth inning, even getting the tying run to the plate in Dustin Pedroia, but the 1-for-his-last-23 struggling Muddy Chicken struck out to end it.
Still 2 1/2 back, and they lead Tampa Bay by 6 1/2 games, and they head down there for three games this weekend.
John Lackey and Kyle Weiland face the Rays in the first two games.
Why am I not brimming with confidence after writing that last line?