Mike Lowell hits a three-run home run in the first inning -- the first three-spot for the Red Sox since the second inning on August 23 (70 innings ago) -- and it suddenly feels like we're rooting for a major league team.
With the game tied 4-4, two outs in the seventh and Dustin Pedroia on first, Alex Cora hits a fly ball to the warning track in right. Alex Rios drifts back, and after the ball hits off his glove, he bats the ball into the right field stands for a two-run home run. !!! Boston leads 6-4 and Jonathan Papelbon slams the door.
Who knows -- maybe this is the first victory in what turns out to be a historical comeback?
Roy Halladay (3.12) / Julian Tavarez (4.71), 7 PM
David Wells -- who had the team's best ERA in August (2.65 in five starts) -- has cleaned out his locker and is at his apartment awaiting further instructions.
Meanwhile at the Fens, it's the Battle For Second Place. With Sexy Lips on the hill. (gulp)
Some final wallowing in the 2-7 road trip: The Sox scored 19 runs while allowing 43. They hit .198 (58-for-293) overall and .136 (8-for-59) with runners in scoring position. That averages out to fewer than 7 AB per game with a runner on second or third.
Steven Krasner, ProJo:
[A]fter scoring three runs over the first two innings of last Thursday's game in Anaheim, Boston tallied just 11 runs over its final 70 innings on the trip, only once posting more than one run in an inning -- two in the sixth against Seattle on Sunday, homers by Ortiz and Mike Lowell, the team's only hits that day.Boston has scored three runs or fewer in seven straight games:
It's the team's worst stretch since May 24-June 2, 1976 (nine games, but those Sox went a respectable 4-5):0824 At LAA W 2- 1
0825 At SEA L 0- 6
0826 At SEA L 3- 4
0827 At SEA L 3- 6
0828 At OAK L 0- 9
0829 At OAK L 1- 2
0830 At OAK L 2- 7
0524 Vs DET W 3- 0
0525 Vs DET W 2- 0
0526 At MIL L 2- 6
0527 At MIL W 2- 1
0528 Vs BAL L 1- 4
0529 Vs BAL L 2- 7
0530 Vs BAL W 3- 1
0531 Vs NY L 3- 8
0602 Vs NY L 2- 7