For the second straight day, a Red Sox pitcher has walked in two runs. This time around it was John Lackey, who loaded the bases in the fourth, and then allowed a one-out walk to Wil Venable, and then hit Jason Bartlett, bringing in a run both times.
The Padres scored again without a hit as Cameron Maybin touched home when Lackey airballed a delivery to Jason Varitek, sending it to the backstop and letting another run come across. Finally the beleaguered righty was chased from the game on a single from Chase Headley, putting the Padres up 5-0.
The two teams sat through another rain delay, but with the umpires determined to get the fifth inning again, were back out on a soggy Fenway infield for an inning where it seemed like the Red Sox were almost going to break out. With singles from Mike Cameron and Adrian Gonzalez, and walks to Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, the fifth could have been a turning point. But Mike Cameron was immediately picked off of first before any others reached, and outs from Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz ended the threat with just one run on the board.
The teams traded scoreless frames in the sixth, and the Red Sox are nine outs away from losing their first series in the month of June.