Rays - 000 010 - 1 4 011:54 PM: The water is Muddy!!!
Red Sox - 008 10x - 9 8 0
10:59 PM: Rain delay in the top of the sixth. (The start of the game was delayed 2:05.)
The Red Sox sent 12 men to the plate in the third: Gonzalez single, Ellsbury F8, Pedroia single, Martinez single (1-0), Youkilis single (2-0), Ortiz single (3-0), Bay BB, Drew (wild pitch, 4-0) BBI, Varitek P5, Gonzalez double (7-0), Ellsbury single (8-0) Pedroia (Ellsbury SB #61) 3-1. Yook hit a solo dong in the fourth.
Beckett: 5-4-1-1-4, 78.
The Orioles beat the Yankees 7-3 and the Mariners beat the Rangers 8-3, so Boston is 7.5 GB in the East and 3 GA in the WC.
Wade Davis (1.29, 354 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (3.87, 122 ERA+)
Davis is making his second major league start. In his ML debut on September 6, he had a 7-3-1-1-9, 105 line against the Tigers in Tampa. He left with a 3-1 lead, but the Rays pen allowed four runs in the ninth and Detroit won 5-3.
Over his last five starts, Beckett has a 7.76 ERA. Batters are slugging .617 against Beckett over those 31.1 innings, with 12 dongs. By comparsion, only Albert Pujols has a slugging percentage over .598. Beckett's last start -- Monday, in Chicago -- was the first time since August 7 that he did not allow at least 2 home runs.
And: Orioles/Yankees at 1 and Mariners/Rangers at 8. The lowly Orioles routed the Yankees last night 10-4, so Boston is 8.5 GB. Texas was rained out, so the Red Sox remain 2 GA in the WC.