Julian Tavarez pitched 6 1/3 innings last night, allowing a Jim Thome home run and another run in the seventh, in his best outing of the year. Tavarez got a well-earned standing ovation as he left the field. The Red Sox, down 2-1 in the ninth, tied it up on a double by Mike Lowell, scoring the just-returned Manny Ramirez. But Carlos Pena was the hero, as he led off the tenth with a home run to give the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the White Sox.
I know it's cockeyed optimism, but the Red Sox are still alive in the Wild Card, now 6 games behind Minnesota. (I've basically stopped looking at the AL East standings, especially after what happened in Kansas City last night. The Red Sox couldn't beat the Royals in August?) Ramirez, Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek returned last night, and hopefully David Ortiz will be in the lineup tonight.
I know they're probably just stringing us along, but they are our team.
The lights haven't been turned off just yet.