Baltimore Orioles defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-4

BALTIMORE — In several ways, Adrian Beltre cost the Red Sox a victory against the Baltimore Orioles last night.

The third baseman made a series of mistakes, one that helped give Baltimore an unearned run in the fourth inning and another that could have cost the Red Sox a run in the seventh. In a game the Orioles won, 5-4, in 10 innings, both were crucial.

“I have been playing horrible,’’ said Beltre, the last player to dress in what was a quiet postgame clubhouse. “I...

BALTIMORE — After giving Tim Wakefield much of the week to digest moving to the bullpen, manager Terry Francona finally sat down with the knuckleballer to discuss his new role. As it turns out, part of his old role could be involved.

“That’s very realistic,’’ Francona said, when asked if Wakefield could be slotted into the rotation to give starters a rest. “We’ll see. We don’t have a date circled, but that is certainly something that can happen.’’

For now, though, Wa...

BALTIMORE — The ball flew off the bat, deep into the Charm City night. It was exactly what had given the Red Sox hope in the top of the eighth inning, but that hope went right back to the Orioles. Moments after J.D. Drew’s solo home run to center had put the Sox on top, Miguel Tejada tied it for the Orioles with a solo homer into the seats in left off Daniel Bard.

“I didn’t throw that pitch with conviction,’’ said Bard, after the Sox fell to the Orioles, 5-4, in 10 inni...