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Masterson, Sox Sting Rays

The Red Sox just finished their 10-game roadtrip at a less-than-spectacular 4-6. They have now returned home for a 10-game homestand, and got it started right with a 7-4 win. The win was their 11th-straight victory at home, but they still stand a 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay in the AL East. Huh, what?

Justin Masterson (2-0) pitched pretty well in his third major league start, going six innings and allowing four runs for the win. The Sox can thank OF Coco Crisp, who hit a go-ahead, two-run double with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Red Sox hitters did all of their damage on Matt Garza, who allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Sox Stud of the Game:

J.D. Drew was the only Red Sox hitter with two hits, and he also had a home run in the win. He has been SO much better than last year it’s ridiculous. It’s good to see him contributing and I’m glad I can say I’m happy he is our right fielder.

Diamond Dud of the Game:

Dustin Pedroia continues to slip further and further into a slump after an 0-3 with a strikeout. He bounced back a couple games ago, but that may have been a blip on the radar. Pedrioa’s batting average is now down to .276.

Game Notes:

  • It looks like Manny Ramirez will be the DH while David Ortiz is out with injury. Manny went 1-4 with two runs scored.
  • The bullpen tossed three scoreless innings, including Jonathan Papelbon‘s two-strikeout ninth inning. He earned his 17th save.

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