Blue Jays - 102 000 001 - 4 10 0 Red Sox - 110 400 00x - 6 11 0With two outs in the fourth inning, trailing Toronto 2-3, the Red Sox finally battered Romero the way they (almost) always do:
J.D. Drew double off the Wall
Darnell McDonald single off the Wall (3-3)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia single to CF
Yamaico Navarro double off the Wall (4-3)
Jacoby Ellsbury double off the Wall (5-3)
Marco Scutaro walk
Dustin Pedroia 1-3
Wakefield (7-9-3-1-7, 106) kept the Jays in check, and Daniel Bard, Dan Wheeler (who finished the eighth inning after a 40-minute rain delay), and Jonathan Papelbon closed it out. It was Wakefield's 184th Red Sox win and the 198th victory of his career.
Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis each homered (leading off the first and second innings, respectively) and doubled twice. Ellsbury (now 13-for-27 since June 29, .481) drove in three runs and stole a base.
The Yankees lost to Cleveland 5-3 [Masterson: 8-3-0-2-6, 112], so the Red Sox are 0.5 GB in the East.
Ricky Romero / Tim Wakefield
Adrian Gonzalez gets the night off. He had started all of Boston's previous 85 games this year. In his last eight games, he's hitting .219 (7-for-32) with a .618 OPS, and has "a bit of a stiff neck apparently".
Wakefield's last outing (July 1, in Houston) was the first start in his career that he had pitched more than 2.1 innings and did not record a walk or a strikeout (5.1-11-5-0-0, 91). Wakefield's only other start with no BB or K was for the Pirates on September 7, 1992.
Romero has a 1.49 ERA in his last four starts, including a complete-game shutout of the Cardinals on June 26. However, among teams that have faced him more than once, the Red Sox hit him best, by far (.350/.441/.550/.991 in 10 starts; 70 hits and 32 walks in 48 innings; 2.125 WHIP, 7.69 ERA).
AL East: Rays/Twins at 1 PM and Yankees/Spiders at 7 PM.