Tonight's game didn't exactly feel as though it had the Robert Duvallian smell of victory. Jon Lester struggled again, competing for the Bartolo Colon sweepstakes.
Mike Timlin had a clean 8th, and Jonathan Papelbon rolled over the locals in the ninth with a pair of Ks before Travis Hafner flied out to the track in center to end it.
Will the real Sox bullpen please stand up? We may have to get used to the consistency of inconsistency, although tonight brought a pleasant change.
Manny closes in on 500 homers, Papelbon his 100th save, and David Ortiz got 2/3rds as many hits as he had in the first thirteen games. Maybe the resurrection of his shirt from the Yankee infrastructure was the key.