For the second time this season, Brad Penny was on the mound and a team swiped eight bases against the Red Sox, and this time the Texas Rangers coasted to an easy 7-2 win in Arlington last night.
Penny has now lost his last four decisions, and went 5 2/3 innings last night. He struggled mightily, allowing four runs in throwing 121 pitches. He was fortunate the score wasn't worse than it was at the time of his departure.
The Red Sox could manage only solo home runs from Jason Bay and Victor Martinez against Derek Holland.
It was emabarrassing seeing Texas run at will against Penny and Jason Varitek. Opponents now have a better than 90% success rate against Red Sox catchers, and 91 steals against Varitek.
The Sox' Wild Card lead is back to a 1/2 game, and today's series finals is a critical one, with Junichi Tazawa taking the mound, looking for his second career win.