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In typical playoff fashion, a close game all the way until the end. Jed Lowrie’s single to short right field brought in Jason Bay to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. Bay got on base after a double to right field.
Torii Hunter broke the game open in the top of the 8th with a two-run single to tie the game. The Angels threatened in the top of the ninth with an attempted suicide squeeze, which resulted Reggie Willits being caught in a rundown to third by Jason Varitek. The ruling was controversial due to the fact that Varitek dropped the ball after the tag, but this is baseball not football and because it was after the tag the fumble of the ball means nothing.
The game was close all night long after it being another pitcher’s duel between John Lackey and Jon Lester. Lester pitched nothing short of brilliant all night long going seven innings and giving up four hits, two walks, no runs, and striking out four. Lackey also pitched seven innings while allowing seven hits, one walk, two runs, along with one strikeout.
The Red Sox struck first in the fifth when Jacoby Ellsbury drove in Mark Kotsay from third on a ground ball bobble by Howie Kendrick. In the next at bat, Dustin Pedroia connected for a huge double off the monster to drive in Varitek.
Mark Kotsay was also a huge hero tonight with extremely great defense plays at first base (he put his center fielder instincts to good use!).
Bring on the Rays!