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Kevin Youkilis hit a deep foul ball (that looked like a home run) in the fifth inning. After the second replay review in as many days, the umpires confirmed the ball was foul. Youkilis then flied out to right, and was obviously fuming as he headed to the dugout. In his next at bat in the seventh inning, Youkilis slammed a three-run home run that was clearly fair, which helped the Sox to a 12-5 win over the Mets.
Mike Lowell went 3-5 with a three-run shot in the second inning, J.D. Drew went 4-5 to raise his batting average to .273, and Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 19 games as part of a 16-hit attack for the Red Sox. It was more than enough support for Tim Wakefield, who didn’t have his best outing. Wake allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks in six innings to earn his sixth win of the season.
Nick Green, SS: Lowell, Drew, and George Kottaras (3-5) finished with at least three hits each, but Nick Green gets the nod for his clutch hit to give the Red Sox the lead for good. Trailing 5-4 in the fifth inning, Green laced a single to right field on the first pitch, scoring two men. He got himself caught in a rundown to allow the go-ahead run to score in a very smart baserunning move.
David Ortiz, DH: Ortiz went 0-5 with two strikeouts and eight men left on base, and is now just 2-18 since hitting the home run last week. After the pitiful effort Sunday, Big Papi is now hitting .195 on the season.
W: Tim Wakefield (6-2)
L: Tim Redding (0-1)