Red Sox - 000 032 300 - 8 12 0A flurry of runs in the middle innings gave the Red Sox a win and kept them 3 GB behind Tampa Bay, who scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth (without making an out!) and beat Cleveland 10-7.
Royals - 000 020 000 - 2 8 0
Boston scored three times in the fifth after two were out. Cora singled and Drew walked. Lowrie smacked a double over the CF's head that scored both runners, and then he came around on Ortiz's single. Drew's bases loaded single in the sixth brought in two more and Ellsbury cranked a three-run dong to dead center in the seventh.
Lyndon also had two singles and scored twice and made an amazing tumbling catch in short center in the fifth, running, diving and snaring a popup, saving Wakefield from further damage. Bay rapped two more hits and scored two runs. Drew reached base three times in the leadoff spot.
Wakefield (6-4-2-0-6, 80) was sharp. Three of the hits he allowed (and three of his four base runners) came in the fifth. He retired the side in the second, third and fourth innings on a total of 24 pitches. Delcarmen, Masterson, and Papelbon finished up. Red Sox pitchers struck out 10 Royals and issued no walks.
New York beat Texas 5-3 to stay 6.5 GB. ... The Sox are off on Thursday and make their way to Chicago. The Yankees finish up in Texas and the Rays are in Seattle.
Tim Wakefield (3.77, 118 ERA+) / Luke Hochevar (5.42, 81 ERA+)
David Ortiz understands that while he may feel his wrist click sometimes, "it gets in your head. Should I take another swing? Should I hold it? ... It happened a few times, but I haven't really felt it like I felt it last night." ... Francona: "To know that you're maybe going to feel something at some point, maybe it does mess with you."
Flo did say that there was no clicking last night: "I was getting more freedom with my swings. It's a little freaky sometimes because sometimes I feel OK and sometimes I don't."
Bartolo Colon lasted only two-thirds of an inning (32 pitches) last night for Pawtucket, throwing 32 pitches and allowing three earned runs on four hits and one walk. David Aardsma pitched one inning in that game and could rejoin the team in Chicago.
Also: Spiders/Rays at 12:30 PM and Yankees/Rangers at 8 PM