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.”

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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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