Sox, Rays Fit To Be Tied
Ortiz and the Red Sox are back to square one.
Ortiz and the Red Sox are back to square one.

Posted Sep 27, 2011


They're fit to be tied. With a 6-3 loss Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles, the free-falling Red Sox fell into a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL wild-card spot.

On Sept. 1, the Sox held a nine-game lead, but they're 6-19 in September.

"We still control our own destiny," said first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, a stray voice of confidence from an otherwise somber clubhouse.

"If we win two games and have to play a third, if we win, we're in the playoffs. We all have to be confident. Other people can doubt us, but we have to be confident."

The Red Sox haven't won back-to-back games since sweeping a doubleheader Aug. 27 against Oakland at Fenway Park. They haven't won on consecutive days since Aug. 24-25 in Texas.

"There's not much to say," manager Terry Francona said. "We've backed ourselves about as far as we can go. Hopefully we can come out and play a nice, crisp game."

Said Dustin Pedroia, "I don't know. I'm positive. I think I'm going to get a hit every time. I'm going to make every play. Everyone around here thinks that."



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