Games 141 & 142 - Red Sox
Rangers 15, Red Sox 8
Red Sox 7, Rangers 2
Tampa Bay comes to Boston tonight for the most important series of the season for both teams.
Consider that sentence for a moment.
Yeah, I still can't make it make sense, either. A combination of solid play by the Sox (winners of six consecutive series) and sudden realization of the weight of the moment by the Rays (losers of 5 of 6 games, including a sweep at the hands of Toronto over the weekend) has tightened the AL East race considerably. The Sox trail by a mere 1 1/2 games as Jon Lester takes the ball against Edwin Jackson this evening.
Oh, and the Blue Jays are now in 3rd place. Meaning that...someone else is the 4th place team in the AL East.
As an aside, the middle game of the Sox/Rangers series was People's Exhibit A for the impossibility of Tim Wakefield as a postseason starter. On a hot night in Arlington, Wake's knuckler didn't - to the tune of 7 runs in less than 2 innings. I love that dude, but I'd love him to be able to watch the Sox in the postseason from the cozy confines of the dugout. Of course, the bullpen surrendered another 8 runs, and Tito doesn't have much choice but to let at least a few of those guys pitch, should the Sox close the deal and get into October.