These are the type of losses that hurt the most. Up by a run in the bottom of the ninth, Paps time, and he couldn't get 3 outs. For the first time this season, Jonathon Papelbon gave up a run on the road. Blown saves happen. That doesn't make them any easier to swallow. And fast forward to the bottom of the 11th. Up 5-3, Javie Lopez gave up a double to Jim Thome. In came would-be savior Mike Timlin. Bang, zoom, right to the moon, tie game. And on and on it went. Hansen and Tavarez pitched wonderfully. Rudy Seanez did not. But it was the Chicago 'pen that held the Sox offense scoreless long enough for them to win it. And win it they did.
We enter the All Star break 3 games up on the Yankees. And that's just fine. Hopefully Curt Schilling's right arm, hit by a line drive, will be OK for his Friday start. Hopefully. Fingers are crossed. For Timmy's back, too.