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Dice-K Falters Late, Red Sox Fall to Orioles

Brian Matusz (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In what has been a lost season for the Red Sox, Daisuke Matsuzaka looked to build on his bounce-back season of sorts on Monday night against the last-place Orioles. Dice-K was looking for his 10th win, which would give him at least 10 wins in three of four seasons with the Red Sox. He probably wasn’t looking hard enough for that win, as he turned in another unclutch performance.

Dice-K allowed four runs, including two in the seventh inning that broke a 2-2 tie. In all, he finished with four runs allowed on six hits and five walks in six innings pitched. A typical Dice-K outing (like Monday’s performance) is sometimes good enough for a win, but not in this game, especially considering the Red Sox didn’t offer much in the way of support.

O’s starter and future ace Brian Matusz allowed just one run on three hits and three walks in five innings. He received a no-decision though after reliever David Hernandez allowed a game-tying RBI single to Bill Hall. Hernandez then became the pitcher of record when the O’s retook the lead in the seventh, and ended up the winner in a 4-2 triumph. Life is so unfair.

Sox Stud of the Game: Victor Martinez

There’s at least one man on the roster who’s playing like he has something to play for. That man is Victor Martinez, who was impressive again on Monday. He finished 3-4 with an RBI to improve his season batting average to .296.

Sox Dud of the Game: Jason Varitek

From one catcher to another…Tek was not so good on Monday. He finished 0-4 with three strikeouts.

Game Notes:

W: David Hernandez (8-8)
L: Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6)
SV: Koji Uehera (10)

  • Michael Bowden struck out the side in the ninth inning.
  • Bill Hall finished with two outfield assists.
  • David Ortiz got the night off against the hard-throwing lefty Matusz.

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