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J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell each hit grand slams to help Daisuke Matsuzaka earn his eighth win in as many decisions as the Red Sox beat the Royals 11-8. Daisuke had his control trouble, but still pitched well through 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and six walks with seven strikeouts. The Sox bullpen allowed five runs after Matsuzaka left the game, but the Sox offense was too strong in churning out 14 hits.
Sox Stud of the Game:
Mike Lowell wins the Sox Stud of the Game, but barely edging out J.D. Drew (2-4, GS). Lowell finished 3-4 with a grand slam and four RBI and three runs scored. His grand slam was more clutch than Drew’s because it was in the sixth and temporarily put the game out of reach.
Diamond Dud of the Game:
The Sox bullpen had a lot of trouble in the bridge from the starting pitcher to closer Jonathan Papelbon. In the seventh, Craig Hansen allowed a solo shot to Jose Guillen and a RBI double to Miguel Olivo. Olivo caused some trouble again in the eighth inning, this time touching David Aardsma for a three-run blast to bring the Royals within three runs.