With two outs and men on second and third, Dustin Pedroia had a chance to tie the game with just a base hit. He had been 4-for-4 with a walk in each of the the two previous games. In the series, he had 15 plate appearances: he was on base 12 times, and scored 5 runs. Unfortunately for the Sox, Bobby Jenks got the best of him.
You really can’t complain about a guy who almost had as many total bases in a series as the team he was playing against.
Tim Wakefield got stuck with another hard-luck loss, giving up only 3 runs in 6 innings on 6 hits and no walks, while striking out three. Wakefield fell to 8-9 on the year, with a 3.76 ERA. While Jacoby Ellsbury’s highlight reel play on a first-pitch fly seemed to start the game on a positive note, Jim Thome’s subsequent homer set the tone early.
Manny Delcarmen threw another encouraging two innings of relief, but Justin Masterson had a rough ninth inning, giving up a run on three hits.
Tampa Bay trounced the Orioles 10-4 on Sunday, so the Sox fell to 5.5 games back in the American League East.