Red Sox - 050 000 100 - 6 9 1Fun in the second inning against Bergesen (5.1-8-5-5-4, 114): Beltre first-pitch home run (FU, NESN, for missing it) (1-0), Lowrie BB, Lowell single, Nava E3 (2-0), Kalish double (3-0), Scutaro BB, Drew F8, Martinez P6, Ortiz single (5-0).
Orioles - 000 004 000 - 4 8 1
Not fun in the sixth inning with Matsuzaka (5.2-6-4-1-6, 94): Bell single, Roberts double, Markakis single (5-1), Wigginton 1-3 (5-2), Scott BB, Pie K, Wieters double (5-4).
But Scott Atchison (the Sox top WPA man tonight) got the final out in the sixth, retired the side in order in the seventh, and got the first two Orioles in the eighth (Hideki Okajima finished the frame).
Jonathan Papelbon allowed two singles to start the ninth, but with one out and runners at second and third, he fanned both Izturis and Bell.
Tampa Bay was off tonight, so Boston is now 6.5 GB in the WC with 28 games to go. The Improbable Comeback may just be getting started (or not). The Yankees one-hit the A's 5-0 this afternoon.
Daisuke Matsuzaka / Brad Bergesen
Dustin Pedroia is expected to have surgery tomorrow at Massachusetts General Hospital, which will involve inserting a screw in his left foot.Scutaro, SS
1996 - Mike Greenwell, Boston's #8 hitter, drives in all nine runs of the Red Sox's 9-8 win over the Mariners. No other player has ever driven in nine or more runs for his team's total score.
2001 - With Yankee starter Mike Mussina one strike away from a perfect game at Fenway Park, Red Sox pinch -hitter Carl Everett singles to left-center. Mussina finishes with a 1-0 one-hitter.