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In a contest that could reasonably be assumed to be lopsided, it was, but is was the other team doing the damage, as Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox took down Roy Halladay and the Phillies 8-3. It didn’t take long for Boston to draw first blood, when Kevin Youkilis led off the 2nd inning with a triple, where he awkwardly (right ankle) touched the bag and was hit in the face by the throw all in the same move. J.D. Drew then grounded out but got the RBI as Youkilis, who was not hurt on the play, came home.
Then came the 4th inning, featuring Adrian Beltre coming to bat with the bases loaded for the ninth time this season, a Red Sox leader in that stat. He softly ground to the 3rd baseman Greg Dobbs for the easy double play ball, but not the easy double play, seeing as two runs (one earned) scored when Dobbs did his best Bill Buckner impression and the the ball squeeze right through his legs.
Things didn’t get better for Halladay in the 6th, when Youk led off with a solo shot to left. Scutaro hit an RBI single, and after Wakefield’s sacrifice put runners on 2nd and 3rd, Jacoby Ellsbury grounded to short, but it was a deep ball, and both runs scored; Juan Castro (in for Jimmy Rollins, on the DL again) threw to third thinking Scutaro would run back to the bag, but he never stopped. Chad Durbin came into the game and in three pitches, did what Halladay could not and ended the inning.
The Sox weren’t through, doing more damage in the 9th, when backup catcher Paul Hoover for the Phillies caught Dustin Pedroia in a rundown between third and home, but hit Pedroia trying to throw back to 3rd, resulting in Adrian Beltre’s tenth at bat of the year with the bases loaded; it resulted in a sacrifice fly. Philadelphia didn’t go quietly, though, scoring thrice in the bottom of the inning on two doubles and a homer. They were glad to see the knuckleball out of play, but an eight run deficit was too much to beat out of Ramon Ramirez.
Wakefield pitched a gem, going 8.0 scoreless innings, giving up only five hits and two walks. Youk hit a huge triple to get it started, and his home run opened up some more distance on the scoreboard.
Ramirez gave up three runs on three hits in his 1.0 inning of work. It’s a good thing the lead was so big, because Philly’s spirits should have been crushed by then.
“’Stolen’ is such a strong word … borrowed … I do plan on giving them back at some point.” – Don Orsillo, on how he “borrowed” a pair of pajamas from the airplane on the Sox’ last trip to Japan.
W: Tim Wakefield (1-2)
L: Roy Halladay (6-3)
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