Tavarez was the long man after Wells was injured and threw only 27 pitches in 2.1 innings (3 hits, 2 runs) and got credit for the win. Seanez followed up his nice two-inning stint against the Yankees on Wednesday with 1.2 scoreless innings tonight. The Sox did need Jonathan Papelbon to get the final out, though.
David Ortiz's three-run double in the fifth turned the game around, wiping out Tampa's 1-0 lead. That rally was started by the bottom of the order, as Wily Mo Pena and Alex Gonzalez singled off Scott Kazmir.
Boston got three more in the sixth (two on Mike Lowell's 7th home run -- he also singled and doubled) and that was pretty much that. (Ortiz picked up his 4th RBI in the eighth.)
Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Gonzalez ended the night with three singles and a .227 batting average, only 10 points behind Jason Varitek (.237).
11:05 PM -- It's raining in the Bronx and the Yankees are hoping to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Kansas City has a 7-5 lead.
Dustan Mohr was sent down to make room (!) for David Wells.
Looking at the lineup, it's time to move Varitek down to #7 or so until he gets his average over, say .240:
He should not be batting fifth.Youkilis, 1B