Paul Byrd and two relievers stifled the Sox on five hits and five walks. The Sox, trailing 3-0, loaded the bases in both the eighth (with one out) and ninth innings (with two outs). All six outs in those frustrating frames were by strikeout. No clutch heroics this time.
Boston heads to the Bronx for the weekend, where the Yankees just dropped two of three to the Devil Rays. They trail the Sox by four games and are .5 games behind Cleveland in the wild card.
Wells / Small at 7:00.