Somehow stymied by Steve Trachsel for six innings (6-5-1-0-5-2, 108), and trailing 3-1, the Red Sox bats woke up as soon as Baltimore went to the pen.
First it was Paul Shuey (Lugo walk, Pedroia single), then John Parrish (Ortiz RBI double, Manny BBI) and Chad Bradford (Yook 2-RBI double, Lowell 5-3, Varitek RBI single). And "just like that", the Sox had their first lead of the game.
Jeemer allowed a solo shot to Tejada with one out in the eighth to cut the lead to 5-4. No problem. Papelbon used 12 pitches to get the Birds in order in the ninth (6-3, K, K) as Gagne warmed behind him.
Pedroia had three singles and a sac fly, Ortiz walked twice and doubled, Varitek had two singles, and Crisp walked four times, one intentional.
P.S. How is it possible that the insipid "Sox Appeal" is only debuting tonight? Hasn't that piece of crap been on the air for like four years already?!?!?
Steve Trachsel (5.26, 84 ERA+) / Julian Tavarez (5.08, 89 ERA+)
Eric Gagne is available tonight. He's now wearing #83.
Trachsel looked very hittable -- again -- in his last start, continuing his troubling trend of poor performances. The veteran righty lasted only 4.2 innings and surrendered five runs -- including two homers -- on seven hits to the Rays. ... Over his last six outings, he has a 9.23 ERA ...