One way to tell your night is not going well: it's the sixth inning and the opposing team's leadoff hitter (Kenny Lofton in this case) has already batted five times.
Tavarez retired the first five Rangers -- three grounders and two strikeouts -- but then imploded. Nine of the next 12 Texas batters reached base; four of them scored, wiping out a 2-0 Red Sox lead.
In the top of the sixth, Jason Varitek's RBI double made it 4-3 (scoring JD Drew, who had two more hits), but in the bottom half, Kyle Snyder allowed a double, then JC Romero -- pitching for the 4th time in five games -- allowed five hits to five batters, including a first-pitch two-run home run to Sammy Sosa. And it was 8-3.
Everyone in the bullpen not named Papelbon pitched. Eric Hinske took over at first base in the seventh and singled in the ninth.
And we drop to 4th with a 2-3 record. Tampa Bay, Toronto and New York are all 2-2.
Julian Tavarez (with snake oil smeared on his arm) / Kevin Millwood, 8 PM
David Ortiz -- only 2-for-15 so far this year -- is 5-for-9 with three homers and seven RBIs against Millwood.
Millwood pitched five innings against the Angels on Opening Day, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. Texas lost 4-1.