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Remdawg Sparks Sox to 8-2 Victory Over Detroit Tigers

Jason Bay has reason to smile: he's about to make millions on the free agent market. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

After using Kevin Youkilis’s tussle with Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello as inspiration on Tuesday night, the Red Sox took a different approach on Wednesday. Jerry Remy, the now cancer-free color commentator, visited the NESN broadcast booth in the 2nd inning, received a standing ovation from the Fenway Faithful, and motivated the home team to an 8-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

No anger spilled over from the previous night’s game as Josh Beckett secured his MLB-leading 14th win of the season, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out six batters in seven innings. While two of those hits were home runs, the offense provided plenty of support, with Jason Bay (3-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB) and Mike Lowell (3-4, HR, 2 RBI) leading the way.

With the Remdawg providing humorous support to Don Orsillo and Dennis Eckersley, Lowell, starting in place of the suspended Youkilis, opened the scoring in the second inning with his third home run in two games. Bay followed with a two-run shot in the next inning after a Dustin Pedroia double.

Carlos Guillen cut the lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning with his third homer of the season, but the Red Sox piled on five runs in the bottom half, chasing Detroit pitcher Zach Miner (4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER). Freddy Dolsi and the Detroit defense provided little relief and support to Miner, who was spot-starting in place of the scratched Armando Galagarra (sore throat), as they walked in a run and allowed two unearned runs on a passed ball and a throwing error.

Marcus Thames hit a home run off of Beckett in the seventh inning, but no comeback was to be had for the AL Central-leading Tigers. Hideki Okajima and Ramon Ramirez each supplied an inning of no-hit relief, combining for four strikeouts.

With the win, the Red Sox remain 5.5 games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in 11 innings, and hold their 1.5 and 4.5 game leads over the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card race, respectively.

Sox Stud of the Game: Too Many to Pick From

It’s hard to pick out just one, especially since nearly everyone played well (including SS Nick Green, who was errorless). Beckett threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 24 batters he faced and Bay and Lowell certainly shined.

Sox Dud of the Game: Jacoby Ellsbury

Ellsbury was the only player in the starting line-up not to reach base.

That’s What He Said

“When you get a response like that from the crowd, it makes you want to cry.”- Jerry Remy – who expects to return to the NESN booth soon – commenting on the standing ovation he received from the 38,124 fans in attendance.

Game Notes:

WP: Josh Beckett (14-4)
LP: Zach Miner (5-3)

  • Youkilis began his five-game suspension that was handed down earlier in the day, while Porcello decided to appeal his sentence of the same length. Detroit pitcher Edwin Jackson was also fined an undisclosed amount.

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