April 20, 2006

G16: Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 1

Devil Rays - 000 200 102 - 5  7  1
Red Sox - 010 000 000 - 1 6 0

Not our night. Wakefield started out strong (3.1 perfect innings on only 31 pitches) before faltering in the fourth; Gomes hit first-pitch, leadoff home runs in both the 7th and 9th innings; and the Red Sox bats just couldn't get going against either Scott Kazmir (5.2-4-1-1-7) or Travis Harper (2.2-2-0-0-1).

Kevin Youkilis opened the first with a double but died at third; Dustan Mohr bopped a solo shot in the 2nd; a 2-on, 2-out rally in the the 6th fizzled; Boston loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but (as the game-tying runs) Trot Nixon struck out and Jason Varitek flied to left.

Today was the 94th anniversary of the first official game at Fenway Park (April 20, 1912, Boston beat the New York Highlanders, 7-6).

6:00 PM -- Willie Harris is with the team, having replaced Adam Stern -- one of his closest friends on the team. Harris: "Stern's an awesome guy. The first thing I said to him was I'm sorry. You don't want anything like that to happen to a good guy like that."

Tonight's lineup:

Youkilis, 1B
Loretta, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Lowell, 3B
Pena, RF
Mohr, CF
Bard, C
Gonzalez, SS
Hoping for a 7-3 homestand.

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