Coming off a statement win over the Dodgers Friday night, the Red Sox were in a pretty good position heading into Saturday night's game at Fenway Park.
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The Yankees and Rays had already lost, Chris Sale was on the mound, and the Sox had just acquired pitcher Andrew Cashner from the Orioles for two minor leaguers you've probably never heard of.
The chance to gain ground on both teams ahead of them in the American League East, and move to within a game of the second-place Rays was right in front of them.
Sale (pictured) was done before the fifth inning ended, allowing five earned runs for the his third straight start. Meanwhile, the offense was held in check to the tune of just a pair of runs on six hits.
Steven Wright was no day at the beach either, allowing three runs in his first appearance this season. He ended up leaving the game after taking a line drive off his foot.
The Red Sox have played relatively well of late, winning six of their last ten. The problem is that the Rays and Yankees have done the same, so Boston hasn't been able to gain ground, which makes Saturday's loss sting a little more.
David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox Sunday night to close out the series with the Dodgers. Los Angeles will counter with 10-game winner Hyun-Jin Ryu.
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