The Red Sox appeared to be in line for their first win in three tries in the eighth inning of Friday’s game — and then the bullpen imploded, allowing two runs and eventually letting the Royals to walk away with a 4-3, come-from-behind win.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona was disappointed that the team wasted a stellar performance from Tim Wakefield, who went seven solid innings and allowed two runs on six hits, fanning six and walking one.
Wakefield allowed both runs on back-to-back solo homers during the sixth inning.
“Man, he was so good,” Francona said during Friday’s edition of Red Sox Extra Innings. “Besides the two quick pitches that leave the ballpark … he was terrific. He was in the zone, the ball was moving, a lot of first-pitch strikes, one walk. … Our inability to spread the game out after we got a lead ended up coming back and biting us.”
For more from Francona, check out the video below.
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