Down by one in the 9th, the Sox had Lugo on second and Pedroia on first with one out and the bats they wanted at the plate -- Ortiz and Ramirez -- but tonight wasn't the night for heroics. Tiz flied to center and Manny flied out right.
Manny's two-run blast to left in the 1st gave Boston a 2-0 lead. In the third, Sexy Lips allowed four runs, but then the Sox got three in the home half of the inning, highlighted by Mike Lowell's two-run triple (!) to center.
Kyle Snyder ran into some trouble after two were gone in the 6th -- a walk to Vernon Wells and doubles by Reed Johnson and Alex Rios.
The Red Sox mustered only four hits over the final six innings.
Mike Timlin came out of the pen to end Snyder's mess and then he pitched the 7th and 8th. He retired all seven men he faced. In his last seven appearances, he's pitched 10.1 innings and allowed three hits, three walks and zero runs.
Shaun Marcum (3.62, 126 ERA+) / Julian Tavarez (4.97, 90 ERA+)
After contributing a month and a half of stellar starting pitching, Marcum ... allowed eight earned runs in 3.1 innings against the Cleveland Indians [last Saturday], as his ERA jumped from 2.86 to 3.62. He has yielded three earned runs in 15 career innings against the Red Sox.More than half of those innings came in a start -- and 5-0 win -- last September 25: 8-2-0-1-10.
Looking at the box for that game, I see Doug Mirabelli saw 21 pitches in 3 PA (10-6-5, all strikeouts), five more than Kevin Youkilis (4-4-3-5) or David Ortiz (7-1-5-3) saw in 4 PA. Weird.