The Sox bullpen is getting it done thus far. Justin Masterson relieved Tim Wakefield and fanned both batters he faced. Hideki Okajima came on for Masterson with one out in the eighth and struck out Clete Thomas. Okie gave up an infield hit, then finished off the eighth with a ground ball out.
The Sox missed a chance to blow it open when they loaded the bases with one out in the top of the eighth. But Julio Lugo grounded to the mound, George Kottaras fanned and Dustin Pedroia grounded to short. So it’s on to the ninth with Boston still leading, 6-3.