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Justin Masterson has pitched well lately for the Red Sox. So well, in fact, that many called for him to remain in the rotation even when Daisuke Matsuzaka returns from injury. His start Friday night against began well with four scoreless innings. With a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning, the wheels fell off the bus.
In that inning, the Rays scored six runs off Masterson, four of which came on Evan Longoria’s grand slam. In all, Masterson allowed six runs on six hits and three walks to go with six strikeouts in six innings pitched. For the second straight game, the Sox offense sputtered around, and Masterson took the loss in a 6-2 final.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: Pedroia finished 3-5 and scored one of the Sox two runs. His effort raised his season batting average to .298.
Red Sox “Clutch” Hitting: Where do I begin. The Red Sox had nine hits and six walks, but could only plate two runs. There was no big culprit, as three players left three men on base each (Julio Lugo, Mike Lowell, and Jason Bay). Three others left two men on base (Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Varitek, David Ortiz).
W: Andy Sonnanstine (1-3)
L: Justin Masterson (2-1)