Wednesday July 21, 2010 | 07:06 PM

The Boston Red Sox fell seven games behind the New York and 4.5 behind Tampa Bay after a 6-4 loss to Oakland Wednesday afternoon. The A's took the series 2-1.

Clay Buchholz is off the disabled list, but is a reminder that all these injured players coming back are going to show some rust.

Buchholz pitched 4-plus innings, allowing six hits, five runs, three walks, while striking out two. Buchholz left with two runners on in the fifth, and Boston down 3-2. Reliever Scott Atchison allowed both inherited runners to score.

To make room for Buchholz, the Red Sox sent Dustin Richardson down to Triple-A.

Also off the DL, Jed Lowrie got the start at shortstop. He went 1-for-2 with a RBI single and two walks.

Michael Bowden pitched for the third time in four days for Boston, allowing two hits and a walk over 1 1/3 innings.

Pawtucket played an afternoon game and lost 11-2. Ryan Kalish (.311) hit his third home run for the PawSox.

Casey Kelly starts for the Sea Dogs tonight, here in Manchester,

The Dogs lineup: Lin CF; Spears 2B; Chang 3B; Exposito C; Rizzo 1B; Navarro SS; Lavarnway DH; Padron LF; Khoury RF; (Kelly P)

I'll check back when Kelly is done.

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