It may be time to hit the panic button for Red Sox Nation.
Clay Buchholz (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season pitching for 4 2/3 innings, on five hits, two runs, one earned, two walks, and five strikeouts as the Boston Red Sox saw their lead over the New York Yankees slip to 1 1/2 games in the American League East Division.
A 2-1 ball game until the eighth inning Russ Adams hit a grand slam off of Jonathan Papelbon putting away the Boston Red Sox with a score of 6-1.
Three of the four runs were charged to Mike Timlin who hit Alex Rios with a pitch, Frank Thomas walked, and Gregg Zaun was walked intentionally before Timlin was finally taken out of the game.
Boston showed no fight in the top of the ninth inning as J.D. Drew struck out swinging, Jason Varitek followed suit striking out as well, and Eric Hinske fouled out to third as Jeremy Accardo earned his 28th save of the season with the 1-2-3 inning.
Drew hit a solo-homerun in the fifth inning, his ninth of the season, for the only run scored by Boston who left six runners on base and left three runners in scoring position with two outs.
Jesse Litsch (6-9) earned his sixth victory of the season over 6 2/3 innings of work, yielding two hits, one run, four walks, and one strikeout on 95 pitches thrown (57 for strikes).
The Yankees won a 2-1 ball game over the Baltimore Orioles as Andy Pettitte earned his 200th career victory pitching for 7 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, one run, two walks, and four strikeouts.