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Red Sox's fall from grace complete

With its wild-card lead gone, Boston desperate to regroup before it's too late

Updated: September 27, 2011, 8:48 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BALTIMORE -- One night after deliverance, darkness.

That's what happens when you've traded in the security of a nine-game lead 24 days ago for the suspense of trying to hang on in the final days.

The mantra "We control our own destiny" no longer applies in quite the same way to the Boston Red Sox. It ended with a jolt in Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the ball popping out of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's glove as he crashed into the wall while the Orioles' Robert Andino circled ...

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