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Where was this Red Sox team over the weekend against the Orioles — a team that is now 4-2 against the good guys and 3-17 against everyone else? The Red Sox made up for their lack of production over the weekend (…hell, even over the last week) with a 20-hit, 17-run performance against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Monday night in a 17-8 win.
J.D. Drew finished 4-5 with three RBI and Mike Lowell went a perfect 4-4 with two runs scored and four RBI to lead seven Red Sox starters with at least two hits. Dustin Pedroia only had one hit, but he made it count with a three-run HR with two outs in the sixth to clear the bases and cap off a seven-run rally for the Sox in the inning.
Clay Buchholz wasn’t as sharp as his last outing, but he was good enough in his 5.2 innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks, but earned the win to improve to 3-2 on the season with a team-leading 2.97 ERA among the starters.
Lowell went 4-4, improving his batting average by 78 points (from .222 to .300). He also scored two runs and had four RBI as he continues to prove he can still hit at the major league level. Do you think there’s anyone interested in his services yet?
Management just gave Scott Schoeneweis a “vote of confidence” by sending fellow lefty Alan Embree packing, but Schoeneweis did nothing to impress Sox brass on Monday. Working the ninth inning and staked with a 13-run lead, there’s no way he could totally blow it, right? No. But, he did what he could and allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in the inning.
W: Clay Buchholz (3-2)
L: Joe Saunders (1-5)