Boston Falters While Relinquishing Outright Lead To The AL East
With the All-Star break looming, the Boston Red Sox had hoped that their division lead would last through baseball’s summer classic.
Unfortunately for the local nine, the wheels on the Red Sox offensive brigade have been sputtering as of late causing the Sox lead in the division to dwindle as their 8-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night puts them in a tie with the New York Yankees atop the AL East.
Boston allowed three runs in the fourth, four runs in the sixth, and one run in the eighth as Justin Masterson got the loss for Boston giving up two runs on two hits while recording only one out. Brad Penny started the game but went only five innings, throwing 97 pitches, while allowing three runs on six hits.
Terry Francona’s two through five hitters went a combined 7-for-16 but the rest of the lineup went a mere 3-for-19 as David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia did the most damage for Boston, as each homered for Boston.
The Red Sox will look to get things back on track on Friday with Jon Lester (7-6) on the mound as he squares off against Brian Bannister (6-6).