Thursday July 15, 2010 | 11:15 PM

After Tim Wakefield gave up 7 runs (6 earned) over two-plus innings Thursday night, he was asked what went wrong.

"I don't know," Wakefield said.

And that is the problem when Wakefield struggles (which has been often this year). We're told that is just the way it is with the knuckleball. Sometimes it's hard to hit, other times turn out like Thursday night. he is 3-8 with a 5.65 ERA.

See more on Wakefield in today's Press Herald.

One other note from Boston: Daniel Nava was 1-for-2 with two walks. He is batting .305 with a .387 on-base percentage.

And now for rehab news: Jed Lowrie went 1-for-4 for Pawtucket, with a double and a sacrifice fly ... Jeremy Hermida was 2-for-4 for the Sea Dogs ... Manny Delcarmen started for Portland, pitching a 1-2-3 first inning.

Pawtucket got strong outings from several players. Ryan Kalish (.337), Bubba Bell (.307), Lars Anderson (.239) and Josh Reddick (.211) all had two hits ... Kris Johnson pitched 6 innings (4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K) and a slew of former Sea Dogs came in relief for one inning each: Santo Luis (2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K); Tommy Hottovy (1 K); and Kason Gabbard (1 H, 1 BB).

While Ryan Lavarnway got promoted to Portland, Salem second baseman Oscar Tejeda remains in Class A. He went 1-for-5, but is still batting .321.

Kolbrin Vitek (.297), the first-round draft pick in 2010, went 2-for-4 for Lowell ... But starter Madison Younginer struggled (3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 9 R, 3 BB, 2 K).

Good night from Fenway.



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