The Boston Red Sox scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as they completed a nice comeback and defeated the visiting Minnesota Twins by the score of 6-5.  It was a great win for the Red Sox and huge because the rivals in New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays so now the Red Sox are only 3 games out in the division.

J.D. Drew had a rbi groundout in the eighth to get the Red Sox’s rally started.  Manny Ramirez then hit a two run home run and Brandon Moss then tacked on a rbi single.  Drew, Ramirez, and Moss all had two rbi each in the game.  Dustin Pedroia also had two hits in the game to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Jon Lester tossed 7 1/3 innings as he got a no decision in the game.  Lester gave up nine hits and five runs as he was shacky through out the game.  To be honest, I’m suprised that he was able to last seven plus innings the way he was throwing the ball.

David Aardsma was the winning pitcher after recording the final two outs in the eighth inning after he came in when Lester excited.  Jonathan Papelbon had some troubles in the ninth inning as the Twins had the game tying run on third base but he was able to finish off the Twins without that run scoring.  Papelbon now has 27 saves on the season.

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Tim Wakefield pitched the first seven innings of the game for the Boston Red Sox and he only allowed two hits while the Red Sox beat the Diamondbacks 5-0.  It was a great outing by Wakefield and it was a good thing he pitched so well because the Red Sox offense only scored two runs in the game.

Wakefield improved his season record to 5-5 on the season as he picked up the win.  Wakefield walked one batter while striking out six others.  Manny Delcarmen pitched the eighth inning without giving up a run. Craig Hansen then came in to pitch the ninth inning but gave up two walks and infield single to load up the bases.  He was taken out of the game with two outs and Jonathan Papelbon came in and struck out Chad Tracy for the final out of the game.

Brandon Moss had rbi’s for the Red Sox.  Moss had a rbi ground out in the second inning and then had a rbi sac fly in the sixth inning.  In the eighth inning the Red Sox pushed across three more runs as Kevin Cash hit a three run homer to extend the Red Sox lead to 5-0.  The Red Sox need to get the bats going and get some more production going up and down the lineup as they didn’t do much until the eighth inning home run by Cash.

The off day on Thursday will hopefully help out the Red Sox.  They will then open up a three game series at Houston this weekend.

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The Boston Red Sox were able to score four runs in the eighth inning as they came back and defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks by the score of 5-4.  Dustin Pedroia had a huge game as he had two rbi in the game including a solo home run.  Mike Lowell had a two run double and Jason Varitek had a rbi single to finish the scoring in the eighth inning.

Besides that four run eighth inning, the only run the Red Sox had was the Pedroia solo home run in the first inning.  The bats were asleep all game until the eighth inning which wasn’t very good.  Luckily they were able to wake up however and atleast score enough runs to get the win.

Justin Masterson pitched the first six innings of the game as he got a no decision.  Masterson allowed seven hits and four runs in the game.  The big hit that hurt Masterson was a three run home run by Chad Tracy in the third inning.  Other then that one pitch he pitched pretty good.

Chris Smith ended up picking up this win as he pitched the seventh and eighth innings without allowing a run to score.  Smith is now 1-0 on the season.  Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 22nd save of the season in the game.

Good come from behind win for the Red Sox.  Tomorrow I expect the bats to get going before the eighth inning however.

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J.D. Drew who was booed everytime he came to bad led the Boston Red Sox past the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 7-4.  Drew went 4-5 and fell only a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.  Drew also had four rbi in the game to lead the Red Sox in that category.

Drew and Mike Lowell went back to back when they both hit home runs in the first inning and the Red Sox never looked back from there.  Brandon Moss contributed with two rbi’s in the game as well.  Moss had a two run single in the third inning.

Justin Masterson pitched five innings and allowed four hits and two runs while picking up the win.  Masterson walked two batters, struckout one, while improving his record to 4-1.  It was a quality outing for Masterson and that is all you can ask out of him at this point.

Javier Lopez pitched a scoreless inning before Craig Hansen came in during the seventh inning and gave up two hits and two runs withour recording an out.  Manny Delcarmen ended up pitching the seventh and eighth innings before Jonathan Papelbon came in for the ninth inning.  Papelbon had no problems picking up his 21st save of the season.

With the win, the Red Sox took two out of three games from the Phillies so it was a really good series overall.  Now the Red Sox will be off on Thursday before starting a series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

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The Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies by a 3-0 score on Tuesday night as Jon Lester picked up his sixth win of the season.  Lester tossed the first seven innings of the game and only allowed six hits and no runs.  Lester is now 6-3 on the season and has really been throwing the ball well lately.

Hideki Okajima pitched the eighth inning and allowed one hit but zero runs.  Jonathan Papelbon came in for the ninth inning and picked up his 20th save of the season as he shut the door on the Phillies.

At the plate for the Red Sox Coco Crisp had a two run homer in the second inning.  Julio Lugo then tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning with a rbi double that scored Crisp.  The Red Sox did struggle at the plate but they were able to get the victory thanks to how well the pitching staff threw the ball.

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The Boston Red Sox used a big four run sixth inning to come back and beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 on Tuesday night in Boston.  Jason Varitek, Coco Crisp, and Jacoby Ellsbury all came up big in the sixth inning.

Lowell and Crisp led the Red Sox at the plate as they both had two rbi on the game.  J.D. Drew, Varitek, and Ellsbury all had one rbi as the Red Sox used production up and down the entire lineup to get by the fiesty Rays.

Justin Masterson picked up the win and is now 2-0 on the season.  Masterson pitched six innings and gave up six hits and four runs.  Three of the four runs came via two long balls that Masterson served up to Akinori Iwamura and Carlos Pena.

Manny Delcarmen, Javier Lopez, Craig Hansen, and Jonathan Papelbon all seen action out of the bullpen and they all did a pretty good job. Papelbon finished the game off and earned his 17th save of the season.

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The Boston Red Sox didn’t throw a no hitter on Tuesday night but they did limit the Kansas City Royals to five hits as the Red Sox beat the Royals 2-1.  Two runs in the second inning proved to be enough for the Red Sox as they beat the Royals for the second straight night.

Julio Lugo and Coco Crisp both had rbi singles in the second inning for the Red Sox runs.  After that, the Red Sox offense struggled as they only had three other hits the entire game.

Justin Masterson pitched 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win.  Masteron is now 1-0 on the season as he allowed three hits and only the one run in the game.  Javier Lopez, Manny Delcarmen, and Hideki Okajima all pitched before Jonathan Papelbon came in to record his 13th save of the season.

Good win for the Red Sox even though they need to swing the bat better.  I’d expect them to do a good job at the plate tomorrow when they take on the Royals once again.  Red Sox Blog

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The Boston Red Sox clubbed three home runs as they beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Monday night.  Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis, and David Ortiz all hit home runs in the game as the Red Sox improved their record to 21-13 on the season.

Lowell, Youkilis, and Ortiz all had two RBI each in the game for the Red Sox.

Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up the win as he pitched five innings.  Matsuzaka only gave up two hits and one run but did walk right batters.  Control issues really hurt Matsuzaka and that is why he only pitched five innings in the game.

Craig Hansen pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up two runs.  Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon finished out the game for the Red Sox.  Papelbon picked up his tenth save of the season.

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Kevin Youkilis hit a game winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning that scored David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by the score of 1-0.  Talk about a nice pitching duel between Jon Lester and Roy Halladay.

Lester tossed eight innings and only gave up one in the no decision.  Jonathan Papelbon threw the ninth inning to pick up the win.  Papelbon gave up a hit but kept that runner from crossing the plate.

Besides Youkilis’s single in the ninth inning the Red Sox didn’t have too much offense.  Only five hits in the game for the Red Sox.  I look for them to have a better outing tomorrow against the Blue Jays.

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Jacoby Ellsbury led the Boston Red Sox past the Los Angeles Angles 8-7 on Tuesday night as he hit two home runs.  Ellsbury started the game off with a solo home run and then added another solo shot in the sixth inning.

Besides Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis also had two RBI in the game.  Dustin Pedroia went 4-5 and had one RBI.  Pedroia doubled in Ellsbury for the game winning hit and run in the eigth inning.

Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start so David Pauley made the emergency start for the Red Sox.  Pauley pitched 4.1 innings and gave up seven hits and five earned runs.    Julian Tavarez, Hideki Okajima, Mike Timlin, and Jonathan Papelbon all seen action out of the bullpen.  Okajima blew the save, Timlin picked up the win, and Papelbon recorded save which was his eigth of the season.

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