Blue Jays - 000 000 010 - 1 5 0We're still stuck in the Deadball Era, but the Sox come through with another walk-off victory!
Red Sox - 000 000 101 - 2 7 0
After Ortiz donged to right in the seventh, the Jays tied the game at 1-1 against MDC and Jeemer in the eighth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Ortiz singled and Manny walked. Lowrie pinch-ran for Tiz before Lowell struck out looking. Moss singled to center and Wells (whose bobble last night = a Boston win) threw out Lowrie at the plate. Varitek followed with another hard single to center. Wells came up firing yet again, but this time his throw bounced off the mound, slowing it enough for Manny to slide in with the winner.
The Rays beat the Birds 8-1 (and the Tigers topped the MFY 6-2) and Boston takes sole possession of first place.
Dice: 7-2-0-2-4, 111.
Dustin McGowan (4.18, 100 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (3.14, 142 ERA+)
Matsuzaka was scratched his last start, against the Angels, because of the flu. John Farrell:
I think the biggest thing we'll look at as the game unfolds is, 'How is his stamina?' Fortunately, the weather is going to be a little bit cooler, so he's not going to have to deal with heat and humidity, but we've got an idea going in what his pitch count will be.Boston's last five starters:
IP H R BB SO GAMEWake's wasn't too pretty, but the kids look alright.
0424 LAA Masterson 6 2 1 4 4 L 5-7
0425 TB Wakefield 6 6 4 5 1 L 4-5 (11)
0426 TB Buchholz 8 3 2 2 9 L 1-2
0427 TB Beckett 7 4 2 1 13 L 0-3
0429 TOR Lester 8 1 0 4 6 W 1-0
Overall, the staff has allowed only six runs in the last 32 innings. Unfortunately, the Red Sox have scored a paltry three runs over those same 32 innings.
Opp: 000000100000002x00100011x000000000 - 6
Sox: 0100000000010000000000000000000001 - 3