Sunday June 30, 2013 | 12:13 AM

Taking gambles that did not pay off, leaving pitches up to a home run hitter, a lapse on the mound and, finally, a couple of errors.

That about sums up the Red Sox in their 6-2 loss Saturday to Toronto. See today’s column.

The Orioles crushed the Yankees 11-3 and are now 2.5 games behind Boston:

Red Sox 49-34
Orioles 46-36 (2.5 games back)
Yankees 42-38 (5.5)
Rays 42-39 (6)
Jays 40-40 (7)

One more bit of major league news was the announcement that Josh Beckett (0-5, 5.19 ERA) is having season-ending surgery on a nerve near his neck.

Lefty Chris Hernandez (3-3, 3.90 ERA) did not fare well for Pawtucket, allowing 12 hits and eight runs (six earned) over four innings.

Likewise, Portland’s Matt Barnes had a rough outing: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K … Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 and is batting .357 in seven games.

Brandon Jacobs (.227) has been struggling in Salem, but he hit his 10th home run Saturday for a walk-off win.

Lowell’s Sergio Gomez, 19, from Columbia, pitched a two-hitter over six innings: 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, lowering his ERA to 1.15.


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