Sox sweep the Tribe, their first 3+ game sweep of a team that's any good since...well, October of 2004, when they swept the Cardinals, and became World Champions. They have won 9 of their last 10 games (no matter whatESPN says), getting at least 10 hits in each of those wins. Another reasonable start by Miller -- 5+ innings, 1 ER, on two thousand pitches (roughly). Problem is, he left the game with the bases loaded and no outs, and who comes out to stop the bleeding but Alan Embree. Embree looked really good, getting three quick outs and keeping the Sox in the game. But then Tito tempted fate and sent him back out there for the 7th, and (thanks to some questionable defense by Renteria and Millar) the Indians were quickly up by two. No matter -- the Sox offense scored 3 more off the (once-) impressive Cleveland bullpen; Foulke as usual made it interesting; and the Sox won, 5-4. Olerud and Renteria had particularly nice nights, batting in four of the Sox's five runs.
Once again, good starting pitching, great hitting, scary scary bullpen. Orioles and Yanks both lost, again to inferior teams (Kazmir!!!), so the Sox are just 1 back in their division, where they haven't been since April 5. As in, the second game of the season. On to Philadelphia, to (thankfully) finish up interleague play. Phillies are 23-12 at home. Jon Lieber faces Tim Wakefield on Thursday.
[Edit: Sox were 1 game back as late as mid-May. Sure feels longer than that though.]