The Red Sox completed a clean sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight, with a 8-5 win, despite another shaky start from John Lackey.
David Ortiz hit his 14th dong of the season, and Daniel Nava had a terrific evening, getting three hits in the late innings. He had an RBI double and scored a run. Marco Scutaro had three RBI and two hits, and Adrian Beltre scored two runs and had an RBI.
Lackey went six innings and allowed four runs. He struggled in most innings, and only in his final inning did he get a 1-2-3 inning. Lackey is now 8-3, with an ERA of 4.53.
New York and Tampa Bay both lost again, so the Red Sox are now just two games back in third place. Seems like a couple of years ago the Red Sox were 8 1/2 back in fourth place, but it was on May 23rd, just 25 days ago.
OK, bring on the return of Manny Ramirez and Joe Torre to Fenway.