Red Sox - 312 101 100 - 9 14 0The Sox jumped on Berken (3-10-6-2-3, 68) right away, as Jacoby Ellsbury and Victor Martinez walked, and Kevin Youkilis, Jason Bay (1-0) and Mike Lowell singled (3-0) in the first. Boston finished the season with a 16-2 record against Baltimore.
Orioles - 000 201 000 - 3 9 0
Ellsbury (3-for-4, BB, shown stealing base #63 above) doubled in two runs in the third and homered in the seventh. Bay crushed a dong (#35) in the fourth and was HBP with the bases loaded in the sixth. Alex Gonzalez singled and doubled and scored twice.
Dice (5.1-8-3-1-5, 110) was good enough. His fastball command was spotty throughout the game and he relied more on breaking stuff. He allowed at least one baserunner in each inning, but did not walk a man until the fifth -- his 23rd batter. In fact, he had only three three-ball counts.
The Rangers lost to the Angels 10-5, so the Red Sox's Wild Card lead is now up to eight games. The Mariners lit up Joba and the Yankees 7-1, so Boston is now only 5 GB in the East (four in the loss column).
Daisuke Matsuzaka (7.02, 67 ERA+) / Jason Berken (6.08, 76 ERA+)
Tony Massarotti, September 18:
Six games up with 17 to play, the Red Sox once again seem destined for October. Under the circumstances, at the risk of jinxing them, maybe it is time to give the Red Sox their due.Tony, we've been over this. It's okay to say nice things about the Red Sox. Jinxes do not exist. Really.
Why is Nick Green giving himself a haircut?
Angels/Rangers at 1 and Yankees/Mariners at 4.