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Looks like a win for the kid

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  August 30, 2008 09:27 PM

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We're in the top of the ninth and the Sox lead, 8-2.

Looks like Michael Bowden, who went five innings (two runs, seven hits) will win his major league debut becoming the youngest Sox pitcher since Juan Pena to win his debut. Pena won on May 8, 1999 when he was 21 years and 315 days old. Bowden was 21 years, 356 days tonight.

Another big night for cleanup hitter Dustin Pedroia who has four hits for the second straight night. He became the first Sox hitter with back-to-back four-hit games since Wade Boggs June 8 and 10, 1989. Pedroia has 182 hits, one shy of the Sox record for second baseman set by Del Pratt in 1922. Pedroia was walked intentionally by Ozzie Guillen with a runner on third in an 8-2 game in the eighth. Pedroia reached base 10 consecutive times the last two games -- eight hits and two walks.

Other big nights: Jacoby Ellsbury -- three hits and three runs; Jed Lowrie, 2 RBIs; Mark Kotsay -- three hits, three RBIs; Jason Bay -- 2 RBIs; Jeff Bailey -- home run.

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