Red Sox - 000 100 000 - 1 6 1Tim Wakefield threw another outstanding game -- his 7th straight start of at least seven innings and three runs or fewer allowed (a career best streak, I believe) -- but the bats continued to be absent.
Rays - 100 100 01x - 3 6 3
The Red Sox could not cash in on several scoring chances in the later innings. In the sixth, they had first and second and one out, but Drew and Manny both popped out to first. They had the same situation in the eighth, but Drew looked at three staright strikes. Then, with the bases loaded and two outs, trailing by only one run, Lowell grounded out to short.
While Pedroia (21-for-his-last-39) and Lowell have been hot, Ramirez (10-for-54, .185, in his last 16 games) and Varitek (.122 in June and 3-for-his-last-34) have not.
Gameday Note: Why does Gameday list every single pitch Wakefield throws in every single start as a kunckleball? His fastball may not be "fast", but he does throw other types of pitches fairly frequently. Last night, Wakefield's third and fourth pitches to Hinske in the fourth were clocked at 56 and 71 mph, but both were listed as knuckleballs.
Boston dropped to 2.5 GB. Mariano Rivera took the loss for the Yankees last night (Joba: 4-5-2-4-6, 91), so they fell to 7.5 GB.
Tim Wakefield (3.88, 110 ERA+) / Matt Garza (3.76, 108 ERA+)