After a 3:23 rain delay, Mike Lowell clubbed a three-run home run in the first to give Boston a quick lead. In the third, a bases-loaded walk to Carlos Pena and Gabe kapler's three-run double upped the score to 7-0. Mark Loretta and Eric Hinske hit solo home runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, for the other two runs.
Hansack (5-0-0-1-6, 61) retired 14 of the 15 batters he faced (six on strikeouts) and picked up his first major-league win. He walked Fernando Tatis in the second, but then got an inning-ending double play. It will not be recorded as an official no-hitter, since the game did not go nine innings.
The game began at 5:28. As Hansack was finishing his warmup pitches for the sixth inning at 7:05, the umpires called for the tarp.
An odd way to end the season.
There's a chance of rain this afternoon. Lineups for the final game of the year:
***Roberts, 2B Nixon, RF
Patterson, CF Loretta, 2B
Mora, 3B Ortiz, DH
Tejada, DH Lowell, 3B
Tatis, LF Varitek, C
Gomez, 1B Hinske, 1B
Newhan, RF C Pena, 1B
Fahey, SS Kapler, CF
Chavez, C Cora, SS
Hayden Penn (13.76) / Devern Hansack (5.40), 2 PM
Will this be Trot Nixon's last game in a Red Sox uniform? ... Penn has made five starts this year and pitched out of the fourth inning only once.
To finish in a second-place tie (and not in third), Boston must win this afternoon and the Yankees have to beat the Blue Jays.