Your 2011 MVP, Jacoby Ellsbury, singlehandedly rescued the Boston Red Sox season, cracking a three-run shot in the 14th inning, as the Sox beat New York, 7-4, after dropping the first game, 6-2.
Ellsbury hit three home runs in the twinbill, and became the first Red Sox player to be in the 30/30 club: 30 homers and 30 steals. He also currently leads MLB with 356 total bases.
Bullpen was superb, pitching eight shutout innings. And John Lackey (Lackey?) got just the 3rd Red Sox quality start in 21 games, going 6 innings and allowing 3 earned runs. He settled down after a rough first, when New York scored three times.
Tampa Bay's win means that the Red Sox have a one game lead in the Wild Card race, with three to go.
The Sox head to Baltimore, to take on the anything-but-a-doormat Orioles, while Tampa Bay takes on New York for three in St. Pete.
Do we have to go through that again?
I guess we do. The Magic Number is now 3.