Rapid Reaction: Orioles, 6, Red Sox 3

BALTIMORE -- A year to the day that the Terry Francona Era ended, the Red Sox lost their 90th game, 6-3 to the Orioles, ensuring their worst record since 1966, when they went 72-90.

For anyone keeping score, that’s 46 years ago. Bobby Valentine was beginning to make his mark as one of the greatest athletes in Connecticut schoolboy history, and the Baltimore Orioles would soon be shocking the Los Angeles Dodgers in a four-game World Series sweep.

Fast forward, and the Orioles remain tied with the New York Yankees for the American League East lead. The Red Sox, meanwhile, head to New York for three games against the Yankees, where they can try to prevent the Bombers from winning another division title.

They offered feeble resistance to the Orioles this weekend, losing three straight here. The Orioles took a 5-0 lead in the first three innings off Zach Stewart, with home runs by Nate McLouth and J.J. Hardy, and the Sox, despite home runs by Cody Ross and Daniel Nava, never caught up.