The Sox scored two more runs tonight than they had in their last four games, all losses. They left that sweep in Tampa behind them. With two days to go before the break, they're two games out in the wild card. Tough to argue with that given the circumstances.
“Playing with a lead was really good for us tonight. We had a tough series. I know we kind of move on, but it was nice to let everybody relax a little bit and have a little bit of success," said Francona, who won his 900th career game.
What I took out of tonight was watching Mike Cameron 3 for 4 with a line-drive home run to left field.
The center fielder is hitting .348 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 14 games, proof that the torn muscle in his lower abdomen has healed enough for him to become the productive player the Red Sox envisioned them they signed him.
Cameron is up to .291 on the season.
“It’s always good to have a good feeling about your body. Some days are better than others but I try and battle through,” Cameron said. “I’m just trying to enjoying it while it does allow me to go out and play.”
Cameron is a career .829 OPS with runners in scoring position. He's a dangerous hitter and a player who can really help the Sox. He's also starting to play center field more to the level he is accustomed to.
Jacoby Ellsbury arrived during the game. He's going to speak to the media tomorrow, which should be interesting.
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