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Brad Penny won his 100th game as a major leaguer, tossing five innings and allowing just one unearned run in Boston’s 6-1 victory over the Marlins. He gave up three hits and four walks, and lowered his ERA to under 5.00 (now 4.94) for the first time since his first Red Sox start (when he had a 4.50 ERA).
Penny’s milestone came the same night as an important milestone for the Red Sox, who continued their major league record with their 500th consecutive sellout at Fenway Park. The Sox are 327-173 at Fenway since the streak began May 15, 2003 and have collected two World Series trophies.
Jacoby Ellsbury committed his first career error in center field, but it was a tough ball to get to and track down and could have been ruled either way. He made up for the error with a home run and his 28th stolen base of the season.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: Pedroia was ice cold in June, but over the last two games, he appears to be heating up again. He went 2-5 on Tuesday and 3-5 on Wednesday with three RBI and two stolen bases.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B: Youk produced nothing offensively, going 0-4 with three strikeouts and five men left on base. He probably will be rested in the coming days as he could be pressing too much at the plate.
“They’ve got a lot of tough decisions, and I’m glad I’m not the one making them,” said Penny. “There’s a place for everyone. If you get traded or if you’re here, there’s a place for you to pitch. It’s a great thing that we have all this pitching. Smoltz coming back, it’s going to be huge.”
W: Brad Penny (6-2)
L: Andrew Miller (2-3)