Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 9-1

The curse came in the form of a giant white tarp, the one that spent most of the day on the field, and the one that mercifully ended the game early as the rain poured down.

That, of course, came after the Red Sox poured it on, making Tampa Bay, a team that had once been a favorite to make the postseason, look like a team ready for golf games in October.

But, more than that, the brief window of clear weather provided the Sox with a new look at their top arm. This was ...