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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sox beat Jays 7-5 with a little of this and a little of that

We never really do know what to expect from Dice-K anymore, do we? While he did strike out 7 Jays in 5.2 innings, he also allowed 6 hits, 2 of them home runs, walked three, and left the game with 2 men on base. Felix Doubront induced a ground ball fielder's choice which loaded the bases. The recent call up from Pawtucket then struck out Travis Snider on a pair of 78 mph curveballs sandwiching a 94 mph fastball making the rookie look real good. Unfortunately, he gave up a solo home run to Jose Bautista, his 35th of the season, to start off the 7th inning and tie the score. He didn't lose his composure, though, as he got the next 3 batters out on 11 pitches. Manny Delcarmen came in to pitch the 8th inning. After a sketchy June, and 1 stinko game in July, he's been looking pretty good ever since his return from the disabled list. Tonight he put the Jays down in order on 11 pitches, earning a hold and giving the win to Doubront. Papelbon came in to close in the 9th, got 1 out before Snider smacked a double, making Red Sox Nation start to squirm with Bautista up next. He got his job done tonight, retiring Bautista and Hill to earn his 29th save and the Sox 65th win.

Offensively, a well balanced attack of 11 hits produced 7 runs. Mike Lowell hit another home run along with a long sac fly, giving him 2 RBI's on the night, Jed Lowrie went 2/3, knocking in 2 and scoring once, Jacoby went 2/4 with 1 RBI, and J.D. Drew added a home run into the mix.

Despite the win, no ground was made up on the Rays who beat Detroit 8-0 tonight. After a 5 game losing streak, they have rebounded to win their last 2 games. The Yankees just tied their game with the Rangers in the top of the 8th and as the 2 teams now head into the top of the 9th inning.

UPDATE: After Mo Rivera loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th, former Red Sox outfielder David Murphy singled for a walk-off Rangers win.

Sox 7 Jays 5 BOX SCORE

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