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It was one of those improbable pitching match-ups that make baseball such a wonderful game. Tim Wakefield, making his club-record 383rd start for the Red Sox, opposed by the Seattle Mariners’ young flamethrower Felix Hernandez.
Naturally, Mariners catcher Rob Johnson was the star of the game. Johnson, who entered the game hitting below .200, smacked three doubles and drove in three runs, including two in the top of the 11th inning that won the game for the visitors.
Manny Delcarmen and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a scoreless inning, before Ramon Ramirez was called upon to pitch the 11th. Ramirez, struggling with his control, gave up Johnson’s go-ahead double before getting out of the inning without further damage.
Terry “Tito” Francona’s post-game presser was typically uneventful, although he did inform us that the team will “show up tomorrow and try to win.”
Sox catcher George Kottaras hit his first major league home run…Ramirez took the loss, to fall to 5-3…Tito flip-flopped Ortiz and Bay in the batting order…Thirty year-old rookie Chris Jakubauskas picked up the fifth win of what will no doubt be a journeyman career.