Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sox Shutout Again, 6-0; Fall Into Second Place

(Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
For the third time in four games, dominant pitching performances have shut down the Red Sox offense—last night it was Chris Tillman in a 6-0 O's win. The Boston loss dropped them into second place for the first time in 60 days, falling behind the surging Rays. Tillman allowed just two hits over seven innings—as Boston's trade deadline priorities might have to also consider a potent right-handed bat. John Lackey didn't help last night—having one of his most uneven performances of the year. This AL East race is looking more and more like a sprint to the finish among the Carmine Hose, O's and Rays. One of these (or more) will miss the post-season.