Friday September 21, 2012 | 05:57 AM

Right after the Red Sox blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning, to lose 7-4 to the Tampa Bay Rays, I checked Twitter. Tim Britton (@TBritton_Projo) of the Providence Journal repeated my thoughts exactly: 

"Just think, if the Red Sox were in a race, that would have hurt a lot more."

The Red Sox (68-83) are not contending, but playing out the season. Thursday's game had a lot to feel good about - starter Clay Buchholz (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K), light-hitting shortstop Jose Iglesias (3-for-4 with his first major league home run), ever-improving catcher Ryan Lavarnway (2-for-4, double), and first baseman Mauro Gomez (2-for-4, triple).

All closer Andrew Bailey had to do was protect a 4-1 lead in the ninth.

But as the Press Herald headline states today: "New way to lose, Red Sox give up 6 in the 9th"

The Red Sox are now 6-12 in September. Bad. But not as bad, or painfu, as a 7-20 record in September last year.

Now for the standings: 

Yankees 86-63
Orioles 85-64 (1 back)
Rays 80-70 (6.5)

Orioles 85-64
A’s 85-64
Angels 81-69 (4.5 back)
Rays 80-70 (5.5)
Tigers 79-70 (6)

Astros 48-102
Cubs 58-92
Rockies 58-91
Indians 62-88
Twins 62-88
Marlins 66-84
Mets 66-83
Blue Jays 66-82
RED SOX 68-83
Royals 68-81
Seattle 70-80
Padres 72-78

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