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After the drama of a 2-1 loss Tuesday night Red Sox Nation was prepared for another pitcher’s duel on Wednesday. Taking the mound for the Rockies was ace Ubaldo Jimenez, owner of an ERA well under two and entering the game with 13 wins.
The Rockies got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in first three innings. With their ace on the mound, four runs should have been more than enough. Ubaldo Jimenez however, who had been feeling sick the night before, was not himself against Boston and responded with his worst outing of the season. The Sox tagged Jimenez for two runs in the fourth, courtesy of Daniel Nava, and four in the sixth, forcing an early exit from the game.
The bullpens quieted the offensive pace through the late innings until the Red Sox called upon their closer, Jonathan Papelbon. The 6-5 lead wouldn’t last long, however, as Papelbon gave up a lead off home run to Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart. It didn’t get better from there, as Clint Barmes singled and one batter later, pinch hitter and Red Sox nemesis Jason Giambi hit a two run homer to walk off with the win.
The Nava magic continues. He had two hits, both doubles, and drove in three runs.
The meme around Lackey seems to be shifting from ace to bulldog to “he has hot streaks and cold streaks” but so far he looks like a guy who thrived in the weak AL West.
W: Corpas (2-4)
L: Papelbon (2-4)