It was the last of Boston's many opportunities to score some runs. Tavarez pitched well enough to win (5.7-7-2-3-2, 106) and the bullpen (Javier Lopez, Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima) allowed only one hit in 3.1 innings, but the Red Sox left 11 men on base.
1st: 1st and 2nd, 1 out: Manny Ramirez F7, JD Drew 1-3.
4th: 1st and 2nd, 0 outs: Eric Hinske GIDP 463, Jason Varitek 1-3.
5th: 1st and 2nd, 1 out (one run already in): Ortiz F7, Ramirez 6-3.
7th: 1st and 2nd, 2 outs: Ortiz K.
8th: 1st and 2nd, 2 outs: Cora 4-3.
9th: 1st, 1 out: Kevin Youkilis P9, Ortiz P3.
After a 13-14 record in June, the Red Sox start July with an L. ... But even if the Blue Jays beat Seattle, we'll still hold a 9.5-game lead.
Kameron Loe (6.02, 76 ERA+) / Julian Tavarez (4.60, 97 ERA+)
Sexy Lips faces the Rangers for the third time this season. In starts in Texas on April 7 (4-6-4-5-3) and May 27 (5.2-6-4-1-6), Tavarez allowed a total of eight earned runs in 9.2 innings.
Loe pitched in those two previous games, as well. He came out of the pen on April 7, allowing two hits, one walk and one run in .1 of an inning. He started and got a no-decision on May 27 (6-7-3-1-2).
Pedroia, 2B Lofton, CF
Youkilis, 3B Vazquez, 2B
Ortiz, DH Young, SS
Ramirez, LF Sosa, DH
Drew, RF Catalanotto, LF
Hinske, 1B Byrd, RF
Varitek, C Wilkerson, 1B
Cora, SS Melhuse, C
Ellsbury, CF Metcalf, 3B