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Brad Penny dug the Red Sox in a very deep hole after allowing seven runs in the second inning, including a grandslam to deep center field by Nick Markakis. But, two things were working in the Sox favor Friday night: they were in Fenway Park…and they were facing the Baltimore Orioles.
The Sox came roaring back, scoring four in the bottom of the second inning on a Jason Bay two-run homer, a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI single, and a sacrifice fly from David Ortiz. J.D. Drew hit a solo shot in the third, then the Sox scored three more times in the fifth to tie the score at 8-8.
In the sixth inning, the Sox completed the comeback, scoring twice off Danys Baez to take a 10-8 lead. Kevin Youkilis was hit in the helmet and reached base. The HBP clearly rattled Baez, as he subsequently loaded the bases. Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, and Mike Lowell singled home Youk to cap the scoring.
Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth to earn the save in the 10-8 Red Sox win.
J.D. Drew, RF: Drew, when healthy, is really good and it’s a shame he can’t stay on the field. He’s out there for the Sox now, and he’s producing in a big way. He went 2-2 with a HR, triple, three walks, three runs scored, and one RBI.
David Ortiz, DH: I won’t pick on Brady Penny’s atrocious outing, instead concentrating on Big Papi. The last three years, he’s been a notorious slow starter, and it’s no different this season. Ortiz did finish with an RBI, but went 0-4 with 3Ks and seven men left on base. Not good.
WP – Ramon Ramirez (1-0)
LP – Danys Baez (0-1)
S – Jonathan Papelbon (3)