Tuesday, September 16, 2008
SOX HOMER THEIR WAY INTO FIRST PLACE
The Sox hadn't won a game in Tropicana Field in nearly a year (September 22nd, 2007). But Scott Kazmir had absolutely nothing last night. The Sox hit 6 homeruns, 4 of them off Kazmir in his 3 innings. The Rays, for their part, hit 3 homers of their own.
Every Sox starter got a hit, except Lowrie, who walked 3 times. Jason Bay hit his 30th RBI of the season. Matsuzaka had a typical Dice-K start, throwing 101 pitches through 5 innings and getting win #17.
Weird stat: 4 of Akinori Iwamura's 6 homeruns this season have come off Red Sox pitching.
The Twins lost, so the Red Sox also have a 7 game cushion in the Wild Card.
Josh Beckett (12-9, 4.10 ERA) faces Andy Sonnanstine (13-7, 4.47). Beckett's allowed 1 earned run in his last two starts. Sonnanstine held the Sox to an unearned run in his last start, a 7 inning Tampa Bay victory (he got a no decision).
A win tonight, and the Red Sox would have sole possession of first place for the first time since June 28th.
AP Photo/Mike Carlson