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Well, Britton certainly deserved the blown save as well as the loss he thoroughly earned.  He pitched absolutely horribly.  And though Peavy’s final line reported six runs on ten hits with two home runs over the course of five innings, a number of those runs actually scored on Britton’s watch.  So yes, they were inherited runners, and yes, if Peavy hadn’t let them get on base, then they wouldn’t have scored.  But it’s also true that we depend on our relief pitchers to enter difficult situations and get us out of them unscathed.  And Britton basically did the exact opposite of that.

We scored first.  In the first.  With one out, Victorino singled and eventually scored on a single by Nava.

Peavy gave up a solo shot to lead off the second, and he gave up another run thanks to a single-single combination.  We took back the lead in the third when homered to center in the third with one out, and then Napoli got hit and scored on a double by Salty.  But Peavy caused a tie at three in the bottom of the third when he gave up another solo shot.

And we took the lead back again when Pedroia and Papi hit back-to-back singles and scored on a double by Napoli.

And we gave it up again in the sixth.  To be more specific, Peavy gave it up again in the sixth.  He gave up three consecutive singles and a walk, and one run scored en route.  And then Britton came on.  He issued a walk and induced a popout and a sac fly and gave up a single, and three more runs scored.  Then Beato came on and gave up a double and a single, and two more runs scored.

And then no other runs scored.  Breslow relieved Beato for the eighth.  The damage had been done; the Royals scored six runs in the sixth inning alone.  And with a final score of 9-6, we lost.

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There was no miracle in the cards for us yesterday.  We scored the same amount of runs during the entire game that we scored on Thursday in the ninth inning alone.  And it wasn’t enough.  I have to say that it was Lester’s fault.  We shouldn’t have to be in a situation where six runs is not enough.

I really thought that Lester was starting to turn the corner.  His last few starts have been less mediocre than usual.  And then he goes and tanks like this.  He gave up six runs on eleven hits over four and one-third innings.  He didn’t walk anybody, and he did strike out six, but that doesn’t change the fact that he exited very early because he just didn’t have any control.

It started early.  He got his first batter to line out, but then he gave up a single followed by a home run.  He didn’t allow any runs in the second, but after striking out his first batter in the third, he gave up a double followed by an RBI single.  He went one-two-three in the fourth, his best inning.  The fifth inning was really bad though.  He gave up a double, induced a groundout, and then allowed three consecutive scoring plays: two doubles and a single that scored three runs total.

That was when Thornton came on and ended the inning.  He also pitched the sixth.  Beato gave up a solo shot to lead off the seventh that managed to withstand review.  He and Tazawa combined for a one-two-three eighth and a solid ninth.

The offense put up a great fight, I have to say.  Ellsbury led off the first with a triple, and two outs later, Papi went yard on his first pitch of the game.  He hit it all the way to center field, and it was huge and awesome.  We kept it up in the second; Nava reached on a throwing error, Salty doubled, and then Drew and Holt both hit back-to-back sac flies that scored two.  We went down in order in the third, and we had the bases loaded in the fourth with one out, but the inning ended with nothing to show for the opportunity.  We went down in order in the fifth again, and in the sixth we had a repeat performance of the first.  Napoli singled, and two outs later, Drew went yard on his second pitch of the at-bat, also hit all the way to center field.

And that was it.  We lost by a score of 7-6.  That’s a tough one to lose.  We really mixed it up, using a combination of both the long ball and the small ball to put together solid run support for Lester.  But it really just wasn’t enough.

Boston Globe Staff/Barry Chin

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There have been a lot of close games lately.  But every once in a while, or actually hopefully more than every once in a while, the offense cuts loose.  This was a slugfest.  Indicated, of course, by the fact that we hit three long balls that accounted in total for more than half of our runs.  Refreshingly, there was nothing close about this game.

Wow.  Brandon Workman is awesome.  He just pitched six innings of one-run ball like it was a walk in the park.  (Pun intended.) In between the first inning’s first two outs, he gave up a double that turned into a run thanks to a single.  Other than that, he was lights-out for the remainder of his start.  He faced four in the second and third, three in the fourth and fifth, and six in the sixth.  After striking out the inning’s first batter, he gave up three consecutive singles to load the bases with one out.  But he rallied after that, securing two swinging strikeouts to end the frame.

Breslow had a one-two-three seventh, and Thornton had a one-two-three eighth.  They took pages from Workman’s book.  Beato, who came on for the ninth, did not.  Or rather he did, but from the first inning only.  After putting up two outs, he gave up a single, a walk, and another single, which scored a run.  So the Mariners scored one in the first, one in the ninth, and none in between.

The same can most definitely not be said of our lineup.  We did not waste time.  Ellsbury struck out to open the first, but then Victorino doubled, Pedroia reached on a fielding error, and both Victorino and Pedroia both scored, on a passed ball and a single, respectively.  One out later, Salty singled and Gomes walked to load the bases, but Drew grounded out to end the threat.

Our second inning was even bigger in every way.  We scored three runs that inning, all via the long ball.  Iglesias singled to start it off but was out at second.  Then Ellsbury unleashed on a slider, his third of the at-bat, and sent it flying beyond the right field fence for a solo shot.  Victorino singled after that, and it was Pedroia’s turn.  This was a real battle.  He took a two-seam for a ball, fouled off a two-seam and a changeup, took a four-seam for a ball, fouled off a slider, took a two-seam for a ball, and fouled off two more sliders.  So, by the time the ninth pitch rolled around, obviously the count was full.  He got another two-seam and put on a laser show.  The ball rocketed toward the Monster.  Pedroia’s been in a slump lately, but hitting that two-run shot, he looked pretty comfortable.  He just unleashed all his power on that ball, and he looked like his old self again at the plate.

With two out in the fourth, Victorino doubled and scored on a single by, obviously, Pedroia, who ended up out at second.  And Salty joined the home run club in the eighth; Napoli had singled with one out, and Salty powered a fastball to right center field.

In every inning during which we did not score, we went down in order.  But thanks to the innings in which we did score, we won, 8-2.

Boston Globe Staff/Jim Davis

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We lost again.  But we weren’t shut out, and that’s something to be happy about.  I’m glad we at least were able to put a run on the board.  A loss is a loss, but dignity is also important.  But perhaps more important is winning, especially against the Rays.  Have you seen the standings lately?

Technically, Doubront had a good day.  If he’d had the run support that Lester had, we would have won again.  He gave up three runs in over six innings, and all of them occurred in the third inning alone.  So he had one bad inning in the middle of several really great ones.

He induced a groundout for the first out of the inning but then gave up two consecutive singles and a sac bunt.  He gave up a single that scored two and a sac fly that scored one.  Other than that, he really didn’t do much to complain about.  In fact, other than that one bad inning, he was pretty solid.

Two outs and a walk into the seventh, Doubront was relieved by Beato, who ended the inning and picked up the first out of the eighth followed by giving up a single.  Then Thornton came out and got the second out but gave up two consecutive singles after that, scoring two more runs.  Britton pitched the ninth.

All of this looked a lot worse than it could have been because we scored only one run.  That’s right.  Only one run separated us from being shut out again.  Napoli hit a solo shot with one out in the seventh.  It was the second pitch of the at-bat, a fastball clocked at ninety-five miles per hour hit toward the Monster.  And it was awesome, because home runs are always awesome and because, after spending most of the game in shutout mode, it was a huge relief to at least get on the board.  But it also meant that the reason we scored was that Tampa Bay made a mistake.  It wasn’t like we manufactured the run.  Napoli recognized a bad pitch when he saw it.  And that’s great, because that’s certainly something that leads to runs, which Napoli’s home run proves.  But it also indicates that we weren’t really able to break through Tampa Bay’s pitching.

Thankfully, we had ourselves a few hits, but we still collected less than half the number of Tampa Bay’s hits and lost, 5-1.

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There is no scenario in which it is excusable for us to score seven runs and then somehow end up in a tie.  Seven runs is a lot of runs, and I just feel like any pitcher should be more than happy with that kind of support.  I mean, there are pitchers who win games with a final score of one-zip, or 2-1, or 3-2, or something like that.  Seven runs provides more than enough of a comfort zone, if you ask me.

But to be honest, that’s kind of an afterthought when you beat the Evil Empire in eleven innings at home and pick up the series in the process.

Dempster gave up a single, and then Dempster’s own throwing error put runners at the corners in the first.  Then a throwing error by Salty resulted in a runner on third and a run scored.  A walk and a strikeout later, Dempster gave up an RBI single.  Dempster opened the second with a walk that turned into a triple on two groundouts.  Then he hit a batter and gave up another RBI single.

Our big inning was the third.  Ellsbury led it off with a double, moved to third on a sac bunt by Victorino, and scored on a single by Pedroia.  Papi singled, and Napoli took a sinker for a ball, fouled off a slider and a changeup, and got a fastball he really liked.  So he rocketed it toward the Monster for three instant runs.

But, fortunately, we weren’t done.  Drew got hit, and Iglesias and Ellsbury hit back-to-back singles to load the bases with nobody out; Drew and Iglesias both scored on a single by Victorino.  Gomes led off the fifth with a solo shot toward the Monster.

So at that point we were leading by four.  Unfortunately that did not last.  Before securing the first out of the sixth, Dempster gave up a single and issued a walk and then gave up an RBI single.  Breslow came on after that and gave up two more singles that resulted in another run.  In the process of securing the first out of the eighth, he issued a walk and gave up a single.  Tazawa came on after that, and thanks to a single and a throwing error by Iglesias, and another single after that, he gave up two more runs.

And that right there tied the game at seven.

Thornton pitched the eighth, Uehara pitched the ninth, Britton pitched the tenth, and Beato pitched the eleventh.

The Yanks made a pitching change in the bottom of the frame, and that was where the game was decided.  Pedroia and Papi provided two quick outs, but then it was Napoli all over again.  The count was full, and on his seventh pitch, he got a bad cutter.  And he uncorked a massive swing on it and rocketed it all the way out to center field for a home run.

So we ended up winning, 8-7.  Cue mob.  End game.

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So I was kind of hoping to parlay our win into another win.  I wanted to really start the second half off right, meaning that I wanted not only to win the first game but also to convert that into some momentum that would start with a series win and progress into a winning streak.  The home stretch starts here, and I wanted to hit the ground running.  But it’s kind of hard to do that when you lose to your archrival by a deficit more than that which beat them the previous day due to a bad combination of iffy pitching, absent offense, and poor baserunning.

Lackey may have had a final line that was mediocre for his recent standards, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.  He pitched shutout ball through four and one-run ball through five; he gave up a single to lead off the inning, but on the play during which the runner was thrown out at home, another runner reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single.  The sixth was also an inning of relatively smooth sailing.  But Lackey had a bad seventh.  He gave up a double that turned into a triple on a groundout and a run on a single.  Then he gave up another single and was relieved by Thornton.

Thornton induced a groundout but then gave up two consecutive singles that brought in two more runners, both of whom were inherited.  If Lackey had not allowed a run in the seventh, then all else being equal, we would have won by one.  If Lackey had allowed a run but Thornton had not allowed his inherited runners to score, the game would have been tied at two.  But these scenarios are all contingent on Beato, who came in with one out in the eighth, not hitting a batter and then ending up with a second baserunner thanks to a fielding error by Pedroia.  Drake Britton came on and, after securing an out, gave up a successful sac fly that increased the Yanks’ lead to three.

We answered in the seventh with only two runs, and even they were unimpressive.  Papi singled, Carp doubled, and they scored on a sac fly by Gomes and a wild pitch, respectively.

Normally, if we were in a position to win, I’d say something about how great it is that we can manufacture runs in any situation using any type of play and that runs are runs no matter how they score.  But I guess losing, 5-2, does that.

Boston Globe Staff/Barry Chin

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That was an excellent use of the off day function.  Rest, recuperate, and regroup.  And, more importantly, make it count.  It’s always a shame when you have an off day and then take the field with nothing to show for it because you had to roll out the full pitching staff or you had to play extra innings or you didn’t hit or pitch that well and just lost. But yesterday’s game was an excellent example of a post-off day performance.  We rest so we play better.  And look what happened.  We rested.  And then we played better.

You’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a downside in last night’s performance.  Let’s start with pitching.  Dempster turned in an admirable performance: two runs on six hits, two walks, four strikeouts, and six innings.  He gave up a solo shot with one out in the second and an RBI single in the fourth.  His other innings were solid.  He had his fair share of one-two-three frames mixed in, and he kept the jams to a minimum.  All in all, I’d say it was a quality start, and not just because his final line says so.

Wilson came on for the seventh and gave up two unearned runs; that wasn’t so great.  He gave up a single, and then Victorino made a fielding error that caused a run to score and a runner to get on base.  Two strikeouts later, Breslow gave up a single that allowed that runner to score.  But he did fine in the eighth, and Beato turned in a decent effort in the ninth.

Now let’s get to the fun stuff.  Not that the pitching wasn’t fun.  It was fun.  But in order to be on par with the mammoth hitting performance that we turned in last night, our starter would have had to throw at least a no-hitter.  The Rockies managed to get eleven hits off of us, and you might think that that’s a lot.  Actually, it is, and I guess that’s kind of a downside that you could find in this game.  But even that total was no match for us.  We racked up a season-high twenty hits in total.  And of the eight innings during which we sent batters to the plate, we only failed to score in two.  Similarly, only two members of our lineup failed to turn in a multi-hit performance, but no one failed to turn in at least one hit.  In fact, only Salty reached base only once due to the fact that he singled but didn’t walk.  Ellsbury, Pedroia, Nava, and Iglesias all went three for five.  Victorino and Drew went two for five.  Napoli went two for four.  And Papi went only one for two but walked three times.

First there was the first.  Ellsbury doubled on the Rockies’ second pitch of the game, moved to third on a sac bunt by Victorino, and scored on a single by Pedroia.  Then Papi and Napoli worked back-to-back walks, and Pedroia scored on a single by Nava.

Two outs into the second, Victorino, Pedroia, and Papi hit back-to-back-to-back doubles, with Napoli following that with a single.  Three runs scored.

With one out in the fourth, Iglesias, Ellsbury, Victorino, and Pedroia hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back singles, at one point with a little help from a fielding error, and brought in two runs in the process.

Nava led off the fourth with a single but was out on a strikeout-plus-caught-stealing double play.  Drew’s reviewed triple stood, though, and he scored on a double by Iglesias.

We took quite a break in the fifth and sixth; spanning those two innings, a walk by Papi accounted for our only baserunner.  But we were back at it in the seventh, which Iglesias and Ellsbury led off with back-to-back singles; both scored, Iglesias on a sac fly by Pedroia and Ellsbury on a single by Napoli.

And last but not least, Salty and Drew led off the eighth with back-to-back singles, and Salty scored on a groundout by Victorino.

So, there you have it.  Nine innings, twenty hits, and an 11-4 victory.  Against the Rockies.  Why does this feel so familiar?

In other news, that’s the end of that.  I can’t believe it.  I saw the whole thing with my own eyes and I still can’t believe it.  There was a time when we were in the lead.  There was a time when it seemed so certain that the Stanley Cup was going to return to Boston, where it belongs.  And then suddenly, two goals in seventeen seconds in the third period, and we walk away the proud owners of crushing devastation instead.  It hurts.  It really, really, really hurts.  It just seemed like we had this in the bag.  I guess we were wrong.  At least we made it this far, and at least we put up a great fight, and at least we didn’t make it easy, and at least we were better than everyone else besides, but it hurts.  I’m glad we made it to the final, but the higher you climb, the harder you fall, and it’s pretty tough to sustain yourself during the offseason with a conference championship alone.

Boston Globe Staff/Jim Davis

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