Mike Timlin allowed three more runs in the eighth (on Seattle's first back-to-back home runs of the season, both hit on the first pitch) and that was that. In the top of the ninth, after Drew walked and Pedroia doubled, Youkilis brought them both in with his own double, making the score look somewhat close.
Toronto won in Minnesota, so they are now 10 GB. Idle New York is 11 GB.
Julian Tavarez (4.50, 100 ERA+) / Jeff Weaver (8.56, 49 ERA+)
Tavarez is coming off his best start of the year, shutting down the Braves in a seven-inning masterpiece. In four June starts, Tavarez is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA, and he's allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his past nine starts. ...Jason Varitek is 8-for-19 against Weaver with a double and two homers.
In his first start of the season, Boston jumped all over Weaver, who allowed seven runs on seven hits in only two innings ... Two months later, Weaver appears to have found his groove, and is coming off his best start of the season, a four-hit complete-game shutout against the Pirates ...