A nice easy win snaps the three-game losing streak. Arroyo pitches seven, then it's Timlin in the eighth and Schilling in the ninth (for his first save since May 3, 1992).
Manny was on base in all four plate appearances, including his 25th home run of the season; Varitek and Ortiz each had two hits, a run scored and an RBI; and Alex Cora made several excellent plays at second base.
In the fifth, Casey Fossum developed what I think were cramps in his left leg. But no one in the Tampa dugout noticed, and even after he was hopping around and clearly in pain, Fossum threw two pitches and allowed singles to both Renteria and Ortiz. The trainer came out to the mound only after Fossum signaled to the bench for help.
Also: Texas beat New York 2-1, and the Twins scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat Baltimore 4-3. So the Red Sox are back in first place, followed by the Yankees (.5 back) and the Orioles (1 game back).
Earlier in the day, Alan Embree was designated for assignment (the team has 10 days to either trade or release him). Boston also made two trades. Pitcher Scott Cassidy was sent to San Diego for outfielder Adam Hyzdu, who played two innings in right field tonight. Hyzdu took Embree's spot on the roster, so the Red Sox went back to 11 pitchers.
The Sox also got second baseman Tony Graffanino from the Royals for outfielder Chip Ambres and pitcher Juan Cedeno.