Red Sox - 020 000 001 00 - 3 8 2LOB-otomy: the Red Sox left the bases loaded in both the sixth and seventh innings. Kevin Youkilis was HBP to start the 10th, but did not move past first base. Boston had a runner on second with one out in the 11th, but Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia could not get him home (or even to third).
Orioles - 020 000 010 01 - 4 9 0
Lackey (7-7-2-3-2, 124) did not have a clean inning all afternoon, but his only real rough patch came in the second. He gave up a two-out single in the third, a one-out single in the fourth (followed by a GIDP), a two-out walk in the fifth, and a one-out single in the sixth. Nothing very serious.
An infield error put Baltimore's leadoff batter in the seventh on first and he was quickly bunted to second. Lackey got a pop-up and, after a six-pitch walk (which included, to my eyes, five strikes), a force play to end the threat.
Hideki Okajima began his second inning of work in the 11th. Cesar Izturis walked and was bunted to second. Miguel Tejada was walked intentionally. Nick Markakis singled to left center and Mike Cameron's throw, cut off and relayed to the plate by Pedroia, was too late.
Victor Martinez hit a two-run dong in the second. Pedroia's sac fly scored Cameron in the ninth.
The Rays beat the Rangers 9-5 and the Blue Jays blew another late-inning lead and lost to the Yankees 4-3. Tampa Bay is 2 GA of New York and 4.5 GA of Boston and Toronto.
John Lackey / Brian Matusz
Lackey and Matusz faced each other on April 24. Jonathan Papelbon had a very rocky ninth inning, but Boston won 7-6. Lackey also started against the Orioles on April 30. He has allowed three runs in seven innings both times.Scutaro, SS
Baltimore (15-41) has lost 10 games in a row, and are on pace to finish the year with only 43 wins.
In this morning's Globe, Nick Cafardo reveals that he now understands being 8.5 games out with 117 games left to play does not equal mathematical elimination. There is, of course, no guarantee that he will retain that knowledge in 2011 or any other future season.
Yankees/Blue Jays, 1 PM
Rays/Rangers, 3 PM