Extra Bases

Lead to 8.5 games

Pretty darn good night for the top two in the Sox order tonight.

J.D. Drew, in a major slump, went 3 for 4 and was hit by a pitch, plus added three runs and three RBI.

Dustin Pedroia, not in a major slump, went 5 for 5 with five RBIs and two runs scored, playing against the team he rooted for as a child.

“I think any 5-for-5’s special,” Mike Lowell said. “I don’t think he’s going to do that on a consistent basis, so it’s a great night for him. He’s very valuable to this team. Being young, a lot of pitchers don’t know him, they look at his size and they feel like we can just throw a cookie over there and he can really do some damage.”


Coupled with the Yankees’ loss to the Mets, the Red Sox are back up to an 8.5 game lead on the Yankees.

It was, no question, a needed win.


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