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Long, frustrating day for the Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 4, 2010 11:23 PM

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d5645f04f7d3890ed50e6a706700f99a.jpgWell that was quite a day for the Red Sox.

• First doubleheader sweep since dropping a twinbill to the Yankees on Aug. 18, 2006.

• Fewest runs in a doubleheader since losing 5-1 and 2-1 against Kansas City on July 16, 1976.

• They were 13 of 67 at the plate including 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

“When you don’t have a lot of opportunities you have to cash in when you can and we didn’t,” Terry Francona said.

The White Sox have won five straight and trail the Twins by only 3.5 games in the Central. They looked like a team playing for something.

The Sox were so desperate to try and make something happen that Francona used Daniel Bard while trailing. It was the first time he started an inning with the Sox behind by two or more runs since July 22, 2009.

John Lackey pitched extremely well, allowing one earned run on four hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven. He handled the postgame interview session well, saying he's seen this before.

Say what you will about Lackey — and he hasn't been what they hoped — but he has a team-best 17 quality starts and has gone at least six innings 24 times.

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