You knew it, right? When Thames's ball hit the point on the stoop and bounced back, suddenly how beautifully the entire inning played into the Red Sox's hands came into vision.
Biggest out of the inning, and hence the game, was the strikeout of Nick Swisher to end the inning. Next batter, next inning, Tex hits ball to Yonkers . . . with the bases empty. And that was it. A little noise eighth and ninth, but Thames did it, in a game when you say: Just please let us play this one over, we'll do better, promise.
Tampa cruises against Detroit. 1 1/2 games up.