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Van Every Stars in Win Over Tribe

Without Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew, the Red Sox were desperate Wednesday night. Jeff Bailey started at first base, and rookie OF Jonathan Van Every started in right field. Now, usually my first sentence would appear as a footnote in most game stories, but there’s a reason for mentioning Van Every, because he starred in a 6-5 win over the Indians in 10 innings.

The Red Sox were down 5-0, but scored six runs after the fifth inning. Van Every came up biggest for the Sox, with an RBI single in the eighth inning and his first career home run in the 10th inning. It was Van Every’s first career home run and couldn’t have come at a bigger time.

Sox Stud of the Game

Jonathan Van Every, RF: JVE (the nickname is easier to type) finished 2-4 with a HR, single, walk, a run and two RBIs. He was subbing for the injured Drew, but I’m sure Terry Francona will look for more at bats for his rookie OF.

Sox Dud of the Game

Jon Lester, SP: Lester was rescued by the Sox bats after allowing five runs on seven hit and three walks in 6.0 innings pitched. He allowed two home runs, and his ERA rose to 5.40 for this season. He did not take the loss.

Game Notes

W: Hideki Okajima (2-0)
L: Jensen Lewis (2-3)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (6)

  • Jacoby Ellsbury finished with three more hits and an RBI to improve his average to .289.
  • Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek each finished with two hits.
  • Four Sox hitters had multiple-hit games (Lowell, Ellsbury, Varitek, Van Every), and just one other hitter (David Ortiz) finished with a hit. Four other starters were hitless.

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  1. Van Every Stars in Win Over Tribe: Without Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew, the Red Sox were desperate Wednesday ni..

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