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Kazmir Bends Over Boston

Boston just got dominated by Scott Kazmir. Kazmir continues to be a source of frustration for the Sox. He improved his numbers to 6-4 lifetime against the Red Sox with a 2.62 ERA and 10.2 K/9. When a game ends 1-0 you can’t blame anyone but the offense.

No part of the Sox offense was good last night. Alex Cora was the only starter not to strike out. Coco Crisp was the most dynamic piece but still could only go 1/3 with a stolen base and a walk. Jason Varitek walked twice. And also struck out twice.

“He had electric stuff,” Varitek said

One of the best things to happen last night was Ellsbury got another hit extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He has a hit in every game since being called up. He is hitting .400 during the streak.

Curt Schilling has a very good start going six innings, allowing 1 ER, and striking out five. But Schilling had to be perfect to win this one, and he couldn’t be and took the loss.

The game “was well pitched on both sides,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “It really had that playoff kind of atmosphere.”

Notes:

  • Cora went 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats.
  • Kazmir’s 16 starts against Boston are the most he’s made against any team.
  • Lowell is in a 3-for-27 slump that lowered his batting average to .321.
  • Boston RHP Mike Timlin pitched in his 1,003rd game, passing Rich Gossage to move into 12th place all-time

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