Baltimore Orioles defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-3

Enough was enough. With one dispiriting loss leading to another as they plunged a whopping nine games behind the division-leading Yankees, the Red Sox made no secret after they dropped the opener of yesterday's day-night doubleheader against the Orioles that losing the nightcap could place them in terrible peril.

Spinning all kinds of cotton-candy optimism was fine and dandy, several players suggested, but there was no sugarcoating the prospect of the franchise's 86-yea...