Gomez hit the first homer of his major league career when he belted a solo shot off Jeremy Guthrie to pull the Sox within 3-1 in the second inning. It snapped Guthrie’s streak of 23⅔ scoreless innings.
Gomez finished 4 for 6 with three RBIs.
First baseman James Loney, acquired from the Dodgers along with two minor leaguers and two players to be named, was not due in Boston until Sunday. Loney, 28, batted .254 with four home runs and 33 RBIs, 32 runs, and 23 walks in 114 games with the Dodgers this season, hitting .301 in 20 starts since the All-Star break.
“Not a real strong plan yet,’’ Valentine said of the team’s approach at first base. “If we have James here in uniform, he’ll definitely be part of that plan.’’
His big chance
Scott Podsednik, who has a hit in 11 of his 12 starts at Fenway, including eight multihit efforts, said he was looking at the rest of the season as an audition for a potential starting role in the outfield, after the Sox dealt Crawford. “At my age, I’m sure a lot of teams are wondering if I can get it done at 36, so I look at it as kind of a tryout so to speak to try and get a job next year,” he said. “With that being said, I’m not going to go out and put any more pressure on myself, I’ll just go out and play the game. But, yeah, I’m sure the way I perform this last month is going to have an impact on my situation going into next spring training.” . . . The Sox recognized 11 Olympic athletes before the game, including gold medalists Tina Charles and Asjha Jones of the University of Connecticut (basketball), Wakefield’s Kayla Harrison (judo), and Needham’s Aly Raisman (gymnastics).
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