Padres - 100 400 00 - 5 7 0 Red Sox - 000 010 0 - 1 10 2And the game was called shortly before 7 PM.
The Yankees (43-29) beat the Reds this afternoon in the first game of their day-night doubleheader, so they and the Red Sox (44-30) are currently tied for first place. (Update: New York lost the nightcap, so Boston has a one half-game lead.)
6:10 PM: The game is in its fourth rain delay, with the Red Sox preparing to bat in the bottom of the eighth. It has been raining all afternoon, sometimes quite hard. The start of the game was delayed 35 minutes. The two earlier in-game delays came in the top of the third (38 minutes) and in the middle of the fifth (31 minutes).
Lackey (3.1-4-5-4-4, 83) had a rough fourth inning, allowing two singles, two walks (one with the bases loaded), hitting two batters (one with the bases loaded), and throwing a wild pitch (with the bases loaded). Lackey's portion of the inning went: BB, HBP, 1B, K, BB (run), HBP (run), WP (run), 1B (run). The Blamethrower may say later today that the ball was watery and wet. He's right, but that is far from the whole story of that inning. He finished the day having thrown 48 strikes and 35 balls.
Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-4, with one RBI. Dustin Pedroia has singled twice and walked. ... Boston squandered a bases loaded/one out situation in the first when David Ortiz grounded into a double play. Kevin Youkilis GIDP with two on to end the seventh.
Clayton Richard / John Lackey
In three starts since coming off the disabled list, Lackey has a 5.03 ERA (19.2 innings, 17 hits, 4 walks, 15 strikeouts). Boston has won all three games: 6-3, 16-4, 10-4.
Like all of the Padres' starters, Richard has received very little run support (see RS/GS). In his nine losses, San Diego has averaged only 2.3 runs. Richard has a 4.18 ERA in his last six starts, but the team has lost all six games: 4-0, 2-1, 4-3, 3-0, 2-1, 6-5.
AL East: Yankees/Reds at 12:30 and 7 PM. Rays/Brewers at 2 PM.