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The Red Sox got off to a fast start off minor league journeyman Matt Palmer, scoring two runs in each of the first two innings to lead 4-0. Jason Bay slammed his 10th HR, a two-run shot, in the first inning. Nick Green doubled home a run in the second and Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI groundout to give the Sox a 4-0 lead.
Now, Tim Wakefield has easily been the best starter for the Red Sox all season. He also throws a knuckleball, which means he can be unhittable or batting practice at any given second. Wake got through the first two innings unscathed, and entered the third inning with a four-run lead. He gave it all back and then some, highlighted by Mike Napoli’s three-run HR, and left the inning trailing 5-4. In all, Wake allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings and took the loss.
Meanwhile, Matt Palmer calmed down after two rough innings to pitch his first major league complete game in an 8-4 win for the Angels.
Jason Bay, LF: Bay was the only player with a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a HR and two RBIs. He now has 10 HRs this season with 37 RBI.
Tim Wakefield, SP: Let’s pick on Wake some more! His poor outing included three walks and two home runs allowed. For the season, Wake has a 4-2 record with a 4.03 ERA.
W: Matt Palmer (4-0)
L: Tim Wakefield (4-2)