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Behind bulldog Lackey and opportunistic offense, Sox get win they need

Posted by David D'Onofrio  August 18, 2013 12:35 AM

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BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
Red Sox 6, Yankees 1
Hitters
14-for-38, 3 BB, 8 K, 5 2B, HR
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF 3-for-5, 2 RBI, K, 2B: His sixth-inning double knocked Kuroda from the game, as Ellsbury drove the ball into deep right to score Jarrod Saltalamacchia. With 41, he's now three behind Pedroia for multi-hit games this season, and tied for ninth in the AL.
Shane Victorino, RF 2-for-5, K: Out of the original lineup until Mike Napoli was pulled because of a foot issue, he snapped an 0-for-14 skid by legging out an infield single in the third, then chipped in with another hit later.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B 0-for-5, 2 K: He had a strong game defensively, making a couple of tough plays going up the middle and turning two double plays, and it appears he'll be okay after fouling a ball off his foot in the eighth and leaving the game.
David Ortiz, DH 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, K: He slugged his 24th of the year off Adam Warren in the seventh, moving into a tie with the Orioles' Adam Jones for 10th in the AL this season.
Mike Carp, 1B 2-for-5, R, 2B, SB: His second career stolen base immediately resulted in a run, as his taking third on the front end of a double steal enabled Will Middlebrooks' infield single to bring him home.
Daniel Nava, LF 2-for-3, R, BB, K, 2 2B: His two doubles off Hiroki Kuroda were his third and fourth in the last two starts -- a good sign, considering he recently had four over a span of 23 games (18 starts). His average is back up to .292, and his OPS is at .811.
Stephen Drew, SS 0-for-4, R, RBI, SB: It was a hitless day, but he still found a way to contribute, including a nice over-the-shoulder catch where he doubled-off Alfonso Soriano on the play when the Yankee outfielder strayed too far from second.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C 1-for-4, R, RBI, K: His RBI single was a significant play in the game, as his knock scored Nava to increase Boston's lead from 3-1 to 4-1, and put Kuroda on the ropes before Ellsbury knocked him out.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B 2-for-3, RBI, BB, K: Make it seven straight with a hit for Middlebrooks, who has increased his average from .192 to .217 since his promotion from Pawtucket on Aug. 10.
Pitchers
9 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 2B
John Lackey, SP 6.2 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, K, 2B. He helped himself with a couple of nice defensive plays, too, leaving to a rousing ovation after lowering his ERA to 3.22. That's 12th in the AL, and second-best among qualified pitchers from the East -- trailing only Kuroda (2.41).
Craig Breslow, RP 0.2 IP, H: He allowed an infield single to pinch-hitter Vernon Wells, but then retired two lefties -- Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano -- to leave a clean slate for Tazawa.
Junichi Tazawa, RP 0.2 IP, K: He was called upon to face the Yankees' hottest hitter in the eighth, that being Soriano, and he struck him out swinging at the end of a nine-pitch battle. Then he got Alex Rodriguez on a fly to right.
Koji Uehara, RP IP, H, 2 K: He allowed a double to (old friend?) Lyle Overbay, but still got through the ninth in 13 pitches. He's thrown 169 pitches in the past month; he threw 229 the previous month. Even using him in non-save situations, the closer role is helping to preserve his arm.
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