Beckett goes eight (8-8-2-0-3, 100), Papelbot finishes up (P6, 3U, BB, K on 13 pitches), and Wily Mo Pena follows a BBI to Varitek with a grand slam in the top of the eighth. And what would have been a very bitter 2-1 loss (the Red Sox worked 8 walks off Baltimore's first 4 pitchers) becomes a happy 5-2 win. (box)
Lowell doubles and extends his hitting streak to 12 games, Youkils walks twice and singles, Manny walks twice, Ortiz singled and walked, and Pena doubles in addition to his salami.
Got the NESN feed tonight. Don and Jerry mentioned Thorne in the early innings, but thought the whole thing was silly and the sooner it was over, the better. Perhaps, but Thorne should be held accountable for the words that come out of his mouth during a baseball telecast -- or at least be expected to explain his comments.
Josh Beckett (2.55) / Adam Loewen (3.72), 7 PM
If Beckett gets credit for the win tonight, he'll join Babe Ruth (1917) and Pedro Martinez (2005) as the only Red Sox pitchers to win their first five starts.
Loewen is Canadian, but he's not getting any JoS love tonight. He's walked 19 hitters in 19.1 innings, including seven in 5.2 innings last Saturday. His BBs have increased with every start: 3, 4, 5, 7.
Mike Lowell has an 11-game hitting streak. The streak is more than 10 games, so it's proper to mention it. Anything less than 10 -- like when an announcer informs us about Jones's "modest four-game hitting streak" -- is not worthy of discussion.
Is Coco Crisp headed for the disabled list? Tito says Crisp will rest and will have the medical staff look at him "when we get to New York. We have to find out if it's a bruise or a strain. I'm not sure if it makes that much difference in the treatment. Hopefully, we'll try to get him ready for Yankee Stadium."
Thorne Watch: I think I actually want the MASN feed tonight so I can hear what Gary Thorne has to say for himself tonight (assuming Doug Mirabelli hasn't totally kicked his ass during BP).