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The Red Sox offense exploded for four home runs in Game 2, and most of the time it’s good enough for a win. Well, that’s unless you have the 2008 version of Josh Beckett on the hill to start the game, and the 2008 version of Mike Timlin to close it out.
Josh Beckett absolutely laid an egg Saturday night in his 4.1 innings. He allowed eight runs on nine hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Balls were flying out of the yard for the Rays too, as Beckett gave up three home runs in his pitiful effort. He’s definitely affected by an injury, or he’s just not good this year.
To make matters worse, the Red Sox actually hit Scott Kazmir hard as well, scoring five runs off him, and another three of Tampa relievers to tie the game at 8.
The Sox bullpen held the Rays scoreless as the game went into extra innings. The stage was set for Mike Timlin to be a hero or a dud. In typical fashion, TImilin was a dud, and the Red Sox lost a critical Game 2 to the Rays. He allowed a run on a hit and three walks (more than all the other Red Sox pitchers in the game combined).
Dustin Pedroia awoke from his playofff slumber, blasting two home runs in his 3-5 effort. Jason Bay and Kevin Youkilis also added longballs for the good guys, as the Sox bats desperately tried to give the team a 2-0 series lead.
With the series tied 1-1, the Red Sox can still ensure that the ALCS ends at Fenway (if they can take Games 3, 4, and 5). Game 3 is Monday at 4:37 p.m.