It seemed like Jon Lester stayed out of trouble a little more than in his last couple of starts (6-6-2-3-3, 95). Two walks got him into a first inning mess and he allowed three singles to start the third, but in both cases, he was touched for only one run, each courtesy of a sac fly.
With the Good Sox up 5-2, Manny Delcarmen was given the 7th inning -- and allowed only an infield hit. He's looking better and better. Mike Timlin pitched a perfect 8th and Julian Tavarez took care of the ninth (once the Sox had opened it up with solo home runs from Lowell and Crisp).
David Ortiz lined his 30th home run of the season in the first inning, becoming the first Sock to have 30 before the break. In the Dept. of WTF, Alex Gonzalez went 4-for-4!
So nice to see Tampa, fresh off battling us for four games, roll over for Jaret Wright and the Yankees (who won 1-0). Kansas City pummeled Toronto, pushing the Jays 6 GB.
Media: I half-listened to the White Sox radio guys for the first five innings. They were not as bad as the Hawk and his sidekick (who could be?), but they sounded utterly bored and they both announced almost everything in a slightly annoyed monotone. (I may have to break down and listen to Joe and Jerry on Saturday, however. Ugh.) I was able to watch the last two innings on ESPN, where Steve Stone was actually pretty decent.
Jon Lester (3.08 (2.45 on road)) / Mark Buerhle (3.86), 8 PM
In his last start, on Sunday at Wrigley Field, Buehrle allowed 10 earned runs and 13 hits in five innings.
Some Sox against Buerhle:
Manny Ramirez: 8-for-14 (.444), one double, three homers, eight RBIs and six walks. ... David Ortiz: 13-for-37 (.351), one home run and five RBIs. ... Jason Varitek: 9-for-20 (.450), two home runs and four RBIs. ... Coco Crisp: 10-for-26 (.385), two home runs and five RBIs.