Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP

Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP

After a terrible 10-16 month of June, the Red Sox began July with hope of improvement or risk another lost season. July started off well when the Red Sox scored their first 1st inning run since June 11th. They piled on 4 more runs behind Steven Wright to build a 5-0 lead and then the rain came. As the rain began to fall, Wright’s knuckleball became ineffective and the game got very hairy, very quickly.

In the 6th, Wright allowed a double to Albert Pujols, hit Jefry Marte with a pitch and walked former Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava to load the bases. The knuckleball was flat, so Wright went to the fastball on a 3-2 count to CJ Cron which he hit for a grand salami. Just like that, a shutout for Wright turned into a 5-4 tight ballgame. After rain came in force and the game was delayed, the Red Sox behind Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel closed out a 1-run win.

The win was important because the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Minnesota Twins, allowing the Red Sox to gain a game and sit 4 games back of 1st place in the AL East. The game also hopefully builds some confidence and helps propel the team to a much better July than June.