Red Sox-Royals: Tim Wakefield = Done, Boston Bullpen Blows Lead in Loss

Amanda BrunoCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 21:  Starting pitcher Tim Wakefield #49 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals on September 21, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

After tonight's performance, it appears this could or may be the last start for Tim Wakefield.

The Boston Red Sox blew a 6-0 lead at one point, and in the bottom half of the fifth and sixth innings, Wakefield and the bullpen imploded, allowing nine runs as the Kansas City Royals rallied big time to defeat the visitors 11-9 at Kauffman Stadium.

Wakefield struggled to get in five full innings but left with a 8-5 lead. That's when everything fell apart. 

Manny Delcarmen came on in relief and continued his slumping September. He pitched only two-thirds of an inning and allowed four runs on three hits, a walk, and a strikeout.

Daniel Bard took the loss (2-2) as he came on to pitch in the sixth and allowed two more runs on two hits and a walk.

Billy Wagner was touched for a run as well in the seventh.

Michael Bowden was the only Sox pitcher of the night to salvage anything as he retired the side in the eighth.

Typically when a team scores nine runs, you'd think it'd be a lock for a "W," but that definitely wasn't the case.

Boston needs to regroup and think about the rest of the series.

Tuesday night will be the toughest of them all as they face Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke.

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