Lowell doubles in first Sox run

PHOENIX – Mike Lowell has knocked in Manny Ramirez with a double down the third-base line in the fourth inning. The Sox have taken a 1-0 lead.

Lowell hit the pinch-hit game-winning sac fly Saturday night. He has been bothered with sprained ligaments in his left thumb, but has managed to play through it.

Something you won’t see too often: The Big Unit walking Dustin Pedroia intentionally. Here in the fourth with two outs, Lowell on second and Matsuzaka due up, Pedroia has drawn a free-pass.

Dice-K has a chance to help himself.

He just lined a hard foul down the first-base line. But that was his finest moment. He just struck out for the second time.

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