Red Sox - 101 020 011 - 6 10 2Manny Delcarmen and Craig Hansen each faced three batters in the seventh -- and retired no one. All six runners scored -- Terry Francona used four pitchers in the 11-batter inning -- and Tampa completed the three-game sweep.
Rays - 100 000 60x - 7 9 2
Dice (5-2-1-5-5) had a horrible 1.2 innings, but then settled down nicely, retiring 10 of his last 11 batters. Going back to the end of the first inning, he retired 13 of his last 16 batters. He threw 101 pitches in five innings (24-25-17 14-21).
Dustin Pedroia homered in the first, tripled in the third and doubled in the fifth. He needed only a single for Boston's first cycle since John Valentin (June 6, 1996), but he flew out to center in the sixth and doubled in the eighth.
Boston dropped to 3.5 GB. They move on to New York, where the Yankees routed Texas tonight, 18-7.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (3.21, 133 ERA+) / Scott Kazmir (2.28, 178 ERA+)
Game threads are back ... and they're back BIG!
(Thanks to Jere and Ish for hosting games for the past two weeks.)