Red Sox - 100 002 000 - 3 7 0 Royals - 121 000 00x - 4 9 1
Ellsbury, CFThe Red Sox's three-game lead in the East is their largest since July 13. Their biggest lead of the season was 5.5 games, after the games of July 5.
Despite a superb 3.21 ERA (11th in the AL), Lackey has a 7-9 record. The Red Sox are scoring a paltry 3.3 runs per 27 outs for him.
Stephen Drew has a ten-game hitting streak (17-for-41, .415, with an 1.120 OPS).
In New York, where the Yankees are 11 GB, Alex Rodriguez had yesterday off.