The Boston Red Sox have emerged from an extremely tough spell in their schedule with mixed results.
They lost three games out of four to the Tampa Bay Rays, but took two games out of three against the Baltimore Orioles.
The three game series against the Orioles was full of drama and controversy, however.
The series proved hugely important to the Red Sox as they have managed to stay in line at the top of the division with the Rays despite the poor run of form they have experienced.
The race for the AL East has certainly heated up over the last week due to the recent spell of fine form that the Rays have shown.
Tampa has been benefiting from both tremendous pitching performances and some crucial hitting on offence. The Red Sox on the other hand looked as though they were heading towards a spell of slow form. The pitching was struggling to keep runs off the bard whilst the offence was struggling to put runs on it.
The series victory against the Orioles was a sign that the Red Sox have the required mentality to go on the road and come up with a crucial victory.
The Boston Red Sox also look to be coming over the ridge in terms of pitching performances. Jon Lester, who had been struggling to find any respectable form in recent games, pitched seven innings without giving up an earned run and allowed only four hits.
There was also an element of redemption for designated hitter David Ortiz as he had four hits on the night, including a two run homer of Hammel in the third inning.
Ortiz had been ejected from the previous game for questioning the call of plate umpire Tim Timmons.
Unfortunately for Boston, the team was unable to transfer the form against Baltimore in to victory against Tampa on Monday's rescheduled series finale.
The Rays starter, David Price put in another stellar performance as the Rays ran out to a 2-1 victory.
Next up for the Red Sox is a three game series against the Mariners that begins on Tuesday, which is followed by series against the Diamondbacks and Astros.
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