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AL Wild Card Update: Red Sox Hit Three Home Runs, Lead Orioles 7-3

After losing last night to the Orioles and falling into a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays for the Al Wild Card lead, the Boston Red Sox desperately need a win tonight. Their collapse thus far has been well documented; the Sox have blown a 9 game lead in September, going a mere 6-19 and letting the Rays get back in the race. And now, with a mere two games left in the season, the Wild Card is up in the air.

The Sox are doing what they can to earn win #7 of the month, though. While they fell behind early after Vladimir Guerrero doubled in Nick Markakis in the first inning, they have come roaring back and now lead the Orioles 7-4 in the sixth inning.

Jacoby Ellsbury started things off with a two-run homer in the third inning, and then Ryan Lavarnway followed it up with a three-run home run in the fourth inning. And then, in the sixth inning, Marco Scutaro hit a two-run home run to cap the Red Sox’s scoring.

For the Orioles, Matt Wieters hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and Adam Jones hit a solo homer in the sixth. This game is far from over, but it does look good for the Red Sox at the moment.

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