Game over: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 1
Daisuke Matsuzka threw a one-hitter for seven innings, shortstop Jed Lowrie banged out four hits and drove in four runs and the suddenly red-hot Red Sox won their third straight game at Fenway Park this afternoon overwhelming the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-1 with a 13-hit barrage before a crowd of 37,916.
After Mastukza left in the seventh, Alfredo Aceves and Tim Wakefield wrapped up the win for the Red Sox who begin a West Coast road trip in Oakland tomorrow night.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 0
Daisuke Matsuzaka finished his best peformance of the year, allowing only 1 hit through seven shut out innings before giving way to Alfredo Aceves. Daisuke threw 89 pitches (5
5 strikes) walked one and struck out five. He retired the last 16 batters he faced.
Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 0
The Red Sox barrage continued as Jacoby Ellsbury opened the inning with a home run into the right field bullpen.
Bottom of 6th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 0
Slump? What slump? Dustin Pedroia led off with a walk and was forced at second, but then Kevin Youkilis hit a home run into the Red Sox bullpen. That was just the beginning. After Ortiz hit a grounder to third, Jed Lowrie continued his perfect day with a single to left and Carl Crawford ended his drought with a double off the left field wall scoring Lowrie. While this was happening Daisuke went into the seventh working on a 1-hit shutout.
Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0
More firepower from Jed Lowrie. After David Ortiz led off the inning with a walk, Lowrie hit a ball into the Monster seats in left. It was Lowrie's third hit and third run batted in for the day.
Bottom of 3rd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0
Kevin Youkilis led off the inninig with a double which bounced off the Jet Blue sign in front of the Red Sox bull ben. David Ortiz drove him home with a single to right. Jed Lowrie picked up his secnd hit with a single to right, pulling runners on first and second with no one out. Carl Crawford drew some boos when he popped out to second, continuing his season-long slump (3 for 32 in the homestand which ends today). Jason Varitek hit a grouder to short for a force out, but beat the double play to keep the inning alive. Jacoby Ellsbury popped to left to end the rally.
Top of 3rd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0
Daisuke is on a roll A 1-2--3 inning for the Red Sox pitcher..
Bottom of 2nd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0
Red Sox had a semi threat with runners on first and second and two out, but Adrian Gonzalez struck out for the second time in two innings. Threat over
Top of 2nd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0
Small progress for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Another almost 1-2-3 inning. Only a two-out walk to Blue Jays' left fielder Travis Snider spoiled the run that Daisuke has put together. Small progress, but progress nevertheless.
Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0
With two out and the bases loaded, Jed Lowrie has just given the Sox a 2-0 lead when he hit a 2-run single to right, scoring J.D. Drew, who reached on a lead-off triple, and Dustin Pedroia, who walked. More important, it gives Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had a tidy first inning, a lead to work with.
We're underway at Fenway Park on Marathon Monday. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who gave up seven runs on eight hits in two innings of work in last Monday's 16-5 debacle against the Tampa Rays. So far so good for Dice-K. He's through the first inning unscathed.
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