Winning 4-2 in eleven innings over the Blue Jays, the Red Sox increase their division lead to four games over the slumping Rays who lost 5-4 to the Mariners yesterday.
Despite a brutal series against Kansas City, where Boston lost three games out of four, the guys came back strong and showed they are far different than the teams that floudered so badly the last two years. Ryan Dempster had an excellent night on the mound holding the Jays to one run in seven innings. But reliever Junichi Tazawa (who is having a wretched season against Toronto) allowed the game to be tied on a home run to the first batter he faced.
Shane Victorino drove in the winning runs with a two run single in the eleventh to give the guys a good start to a series they need to win.
Down in St. Pete, the Rays aren't being so lucky. After going a gaudy 19-22, and briefly slipping into first place in the division, the Rays are riding a six game losing streak. Starting pitching, with the exception of Price, has been problematic, as has some bad defense and cool bats. In other words -- baseball. I told my co-workers who were orgasmic at the Rays hot series, that it wouldn't last. Nobody's going to win 140 games or whatever, it just isn't going to happen. So expect a few slumps, injuries and bad luck to be on the horizon.
Looks like they're getting all that now. I'm still expecting to see the Rays in the post season, but my biggest bit of serendipity is seeing that Boston may actually win the division after being picked to finish dead last by everyone.