OAKLAND -- It had to happen eventually, of course. It's just that when it did, the timing couldn't have been any worse.
BOSTON -- Give John Lackey all the credit in the world for allowing the Sox to win in walk-off fashion in the 10th inning.
BOSTON - As good as the Red Sox rotation has been this season, its bullpen has been just as good, if not better.
It's a sobering chore, debating what amounts to your strategy of surrender.
BOSTON - In the top of the ninth inning, the bullpen door swung open in right field and, as is almost always the case when the Red Sox own a lead heading into the final inning, out trotted Koji Ue