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Wakefield, Gonzalez Lead Red Sox Over Cubs

Tim Wakefield (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

While he may be the oldest pitcher in Red Sox history, Tim Wakefield isn’t even half as old as the time span between games for the Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park (93 years). Wake took the mound Sunday night for the rubber match of the three game series, which saw the Red Sox pound out 15 runs in a Friday night win and commit three errors in a disastrous Saturday night loss.

Wakefield allowed just one run on four hits in 6.2 innings to pick up his first win of the season in a 5-1 Sox victory. The win was his 180th as a member of the Red Sox, leaving him 12 short of tying Roger Clemens and Cy Young with 192 career wins in Boston. As long as John Lackey and/or Daisuke Matsuzaka is injured, Wakefield should have a rotation spot, so only time will tell if Wake is able to break the team record for wins.

On the offensive end, Adrian Gonzalez led the way for the Red Sox with a 4-4 effort to raise his batting average to .342, which is good for third in the American League behind Matt Joyce and Jose Bautista.

Kevin Youkils, meanwhile, extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run triple in the eighth inning. He also added a walk and scored a run.

Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz each went 2-4 in the game, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 1-4 with his third HR of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning.

Matt Garza was supposed to pitch Sunday for the Cubs but was scratched. In his place was James Russell, who fell to 1-5 after he allowed three runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings of work.

Daniel Bard pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of Wakefield, and Jonathan Papelbon closed the door in the ninth despite the non-save situation.

Sox Stud of the Game: Adrian Gonzalez

A-Gone finished 4-4 and is now among the American League leaders in batting average (3rd), HRs (t-6th), and RBIs (1st).

Sox Dud of the Game: Carl Crawford

Crawford finished 0-3 with a strikeout. He reached base in his other at-bat via catcher interference.

Game Notes:

W: Tim Wakefield (1-1)
L: James Russell (1-5)

  • With the win, the Red Sox are now just a 1/2 game behind the Rays and Yankees in the AL East.
  • Wakefield actually has 194 career wins, but 14 of them came when he was a member of the Pirates in 1992 and 1993.
  • Salty has now homered in three of the last four games he’s played.
  • CNN anchor John King caught David Ortiz’s 300th HR ball on Saturday.

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