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Wells, relievers combine to weave one-hitter for Red Sox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- His teammates held their spots in the dugout. The crowd was hanging on every pitch. David Wells had been through this before.

The Boston left-hander pitched 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball Tuesday night before Ryan Freel singled, then Mike Timlin and Keith Foulke finished the combined one-hitter in the Red Sox's 7-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

"I knew it was going on. You just try to stay within the same routine when you've got a no-hitter going on," Wells (5-4) said after striking out five and walking two to win his third consecutive decision.

"It would have been nice to get, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. It's a tough thing to do. Everything has to go right. And a lot of luck is involved."

Wells should know: He threw a perfect game for the Yankees in 1998 (and later claimed he was "half drunk," partying until just a few hours beforehand).

On Tuesday, Wells hit Sean Casey in the right elbow in the third inning -- the Reds' only baserunner in the first five innings. Dane Sardinha hit a fly ball to center field for the second out in the sixth before Freel lined a single to right-center to end the no-hit bid.

"He was hitting a lot of pitches on the outside corner," Freel said. "I cheated and was able to get some wood on it."

But that was all the offense the Reds could muster. The only time they got a baserunner to second was when Wells walked two in a row with two outs in the seventh.

"It was the David Wells show," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "He was right on us."

Luke Hudson (1-1) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks, striking out five in five innings.

Manny Ramirez, who went 69 at-bats without a homer before hitting one on Sunday, homered for the third consecutive game. He hit one Monday night to help Boston beat Cincinnati in their first meeting since the 1975 World Series, then hit his 14th in the seventh inning Tuesday.

Bill Mueller had two singles and drove in three runs for Boston, and Trot Nixon and Kevin Millar each had a pair of hits to help the Red Sox win their third in a row.

Wells extended his scoreless streak to 17 innings, the longest by a Boston pitcher this year. But he walked Wily Mo Pena and Adam Dunn with two outs in the seventh, snapping a streak of 31 2/3 innings without allowing a base on balls.

Felipe Lopez flied out to end the inning on Wells' 110th pitch, a season high.

Ramirez walked to lead off the second inning and, one out later, Millar walked. Jason Varitek singled to load the bases and Mueller singled in two runs. After Mark Bellhorn struck out, Johnny Damon doubled to score Varitek and make it 3-0.

Boston made it 5-0 off Ryan Wagner in the sixth and added two more in the seventh.

Cy Young pitched the only perfect game in Red Sox history, beating Philadelphia 3-0 on May 5, 1904.

In the greatest relief outing in baseball history, Ernie Shore relieved Babe Ruth on June 23, 1917, when he was ejected after walking the leadoff batter. The baserunner was caught stealing and Shore retired the final 26 batters.

Notes

  • Wells is 15-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 28 career interleague starts.
  • Casey struck out swinging to end the first inning after going 73 plate appearances without a whiff -- the longest streak in the majors this season.
  • Casey will miss Wednesday's game because of a death in the family. His absence also will force him to miss a charity event planned in Lawrence.
  • Boston OF Adam Stern, claimed from Atlanta in the Rule 5 draft, hopes to report to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday after spending the season on the disabled list, manager Terry Francona said. The Red Sox have 20 days from the time Stern starts playing to decide whether to keep him or offer him back to the Braves.
  • Francona was back after missing Monday's game to attend his daughter's high school graduation. He said there were 809 graduates but he got reports from the game against Cincinnati. "Thank God we were up 5-0 because the last 600 (graduates) were more tolerable," he said.
 
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David Wells doesn't allow a hit until Ryan Freel's single with two outs in the sixth inning.  (AP)
David Wells doesn't allow a hit until Ryan Freel's single with two outs in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

B. Mueller
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Boston

D. Wells
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, LF4010000 .298
Joe Randa, 3B4000011 .286
Sean Casey, DH3000010 .320
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4000011 .273
Wily Mo Pena, RF2000120 .288
Adam Dunn, 1B2000100 .243
Felipe Lopez, SS3000012 .303
Rich Aurilia, 2B3000010 .237
Dane Sardinha, C3000010 .000
Totals28010284 
Fielding
DP - Aurilia-F. Lopez-Dunn, F. Lopez-Aurilia-Dunn
Cincinnati Reds
Luke Hudson (L,1-1) 5433350 6.55
Ryan Wagner 0.1322200 5.50
Ricky Stone 0.2000000 4.87
Kent Mercker 1322001 2.96
David Weathers 1000020 4.28
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hudson 81-51, Ryan Wagner 27-14, Ricky Stone 6-4, Kent Mercker 16-12, David Weathers 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hudson 4-4, Ryan Wagner 1-0, Kent Mercker 1-2
Batters Faced - Luke Hudson 20, Ryan Wagner 6, Ricky Stone 2, Kent Mercker 6, David Weathers 3
Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF5011014 .346
Edgar Renteria, SS4000003 .264
David Ortiz, DH3000110 .292
Manny Ramirez, LF3311111 .256
    Jay Payton, LF0000000 .252
Trot Nixon, RF4220011 .294
Kevin Millar, 1B2121100 .276
    John Olerud, 1B1011000 .400
Jason Varitek, C3110112 .326
Bill Mueller, 3B4023011 .279
Mark Bellhorn, 2B3000115 .240
Totals3271075717 
Batting
2B - Johnny Damon (18, Hudson), John Olerud (4, Mercker)
HR - Manny Ramirez (14, Mercker)
RBI - Johnny Damon (37), Manny Ramirez (50), Kevin Millar (27), John Olerud (4), Bill Mueller 3 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon (17), Manny Ramirez (22), John Olerud (2)
Team LOB - 6
Boston Red Sox
David Wells (W,5-4) 7100250 4.54
Mike Timlin 1000020 1.45
Keith Foulke 1000010 5.59
HBP - Casey (by David Wells)
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 110-74, Mike Timlin 12-10, Keith Foulke 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 9-7
Batters Faced - David Wells 25, Mike Timlin 3, Keith Foulke 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35387
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Terry Craft, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Rick Reed