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No one is bold enough to declare that David Ortiz has officially broken out of his season-long slump, but the slugger has strung together a pretty good streak in June. He continued his success Tuesday night, clubbing a solo shot to right and a two-run single as part of a 2-3 day with three RBI in the 8-3 Sox win.
Tim Wakefield, hoping for his first All-Star game appearance, earned his ninth victory with a strong performance. Wake allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts in six innings, improving to 6-0 at Fenway Park this season.
David Ortiz, DH: Ortiz didn’t hit a home run in the first six weeks of the season, but now has four in his last nine games to give him five for the year. He finished Tuesday 2-3 with a HR, 3 RBI, and walk. Both of his hits came in Boston’s six-run fourth inning.
Mike Lowell, 3B: Lowell was the only Sox starter without a hit (0-4). He struck out once and stranded three runners on base.
“You think about team goals and things like that,” Terry Francona said of Wakefield’s chances of making the All-Star squad. “But there’s no doubt we’re pulling for him. We’re human, and there’s no getting around that.”
W: Tim Wakefield (9-3)
L: Chris Volstad (4-7)