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Wells records first win, helps Red Sox snap losing streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- David Wells finally gave the Boston Red Sox the kind of outing they had been waiting for all season.

Making his third start since coming off his third stint on the disabled list, the 43-year-old left-hander pitched seven solid innings Friday night and the Red Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

"A game like that shows he can still do it," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He just needed some time. If you can count on him to make his starts, he always gives us a chance to win."

Wells (1-2) allowed nine hits, giving up his only run on a pair of doubles in the seventh. He left after seven to a standing ovation, waving his glove to the fans who were hoping he could return to form to stop the team's free fall in the AL East.

Boston had dropped three games behind the Yankees in the division by losing five in a row at Tampa Bay and Kansas City -- a pair of last-place teams. But, back at home, the Red Sox beat the Orioles for the 14th time in 15 tries.

"There were a lot of reasons for us not to be real upbeat today," Francona said. "We didn't let that happen. That's a very good sign."

Mike Lowell recovered from a frightful first-inning beaning to make an into-the-stands catch and then singled in a run, stole a base and scored in Boston's seven-run third. The Red Sox moved two games behind New York, which lost 7-4 to the Los Angeles Angels.

"I think we understand this is a very important part of our season," Lowell said. "I don't think anyone was satisfied or happy with how the road trip turned out and I think we wanted to make a conscious effort to make a statement that we're not going to fold in that situation."

Wells, who did not talk to reporters after the game, took a line drive off his right knee on May 26 and went on the DL for the third time this season. He allowed eight runs in his return on July 31 and five runs -- but just one earned -- last Saturday.

Rookie lefty Adam Loewen (2-4) was hoping to build on the two longest outings of his career, lasting six innings against the Mariners on July 31 before holding the Yankees to one hit in 6 1/3 scoreless innings last Saturday. But he got just seven outs, allowing six runs and six hits with two walks, striking out three.

He also hit Lowell in the first with a fastball to the helmet that dropped the Boston third baseman to the dirt.

"It was pretty scary," Loewen said. "I was praying for him as soon as I saw it hit him. But he bounced back with a great game and that shows how great of a competitor he is."

And a good thing for Boston, too.

In the top of the third, Lowell went hard over the wall to catch Nick Markakis' popup, falling into the seats over the short wall along the third-base line and landing in front of a man with a Yankees cap.

"I saw that," Lowell said afterward. "I actually gave him three baseballs between innings because I saw on the replay he moved back out of the way. So I gave him three balls, I wrote, 'Next time, catch me."'

The Red Sox responded by sending 12 batters to the plate, matching their biggest inning of the season by scoring seven runs on five singles, three walks and Alex Gonzalez's two-run triple.

Manny Ramirez singled in the first, scoring Coco Crisp and extending his hitting streak to 26 games -- the longest active streak in the majors and the seventh-longest in Red Sox history. He added another RBI single in the third.

Mark Loretta had three of Boston's 13 hits and a pair of RBI.

David Ortiz added some comic relief in the sixth when he doubled to left-center and then, while standing on second, got spun around trying to avoid the throw back to the infield. Ortiz then broke into a pose similar to the one-legged crane from the film The Karate Kid cracking up the Orioles' infield.

Wells had a shutout until Kevin Millar and Brian Roberts doubled in the seventh to make it 8-1. Corey Patterson led off the ninth with a homer for Baltimore that made it 9-2.

Notes

  • Orioles RHP Rodrigo Lopez made his first relief appearance since June 22, 2004.
  • Wells struck out four and walked one.
  • Boston RHP Keith Foulke, who was expected to be activated from the disabled list, felt stiffness in his back and did not come off the DL.
  • Roberts went 3-for-5.
  • Ortiz received a shipment of 41 lobsters as a gift from Maine Gov. John Baldacci to celebrate the Red Sox slugger's 41 homers. Ortiz had said in an interview that he loves seafood but has never been to Maine.
  • Baltimore is 12-28 in games started by lefty opponents.
 
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David Wells allows one run and strikes out four in seven innings for his first win this season.  (AP)
David Wells allows one run and strikes out four in seven innings for his first win this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Loretta
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Boston

D. Wells
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5031011
Melvin Mora, 3B5000014
Miguel Tejada, SS4010002
Jeff Conine, LF4010001
Ramon Hernandez, C3010111
Fernando Tatis, DH2000101
   a- Jay Gibbons, PH-DH1000011
Corey Patterson, CF4121012
Kevin Millar, 1B4120013
Nick Markakis, RF4010001
Totals3621122617 
a-struck out for Tatis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (, Wells), Kevin Millar (, Wells), Nick Markakis (, Wells)
HR - Corey Patterson (, Snyder)
RBI - Brian Roberts (), Corey Patterson ()
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts ()
SB - Brian Roberts (, 2nd base off Wells/Lopez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Tejada-B. Roberts-Millar
E - Melvin Mora (, )
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Loewen (L,-) 2.1666230
Rodrigo Lopez 4.2733250
Russ Ortiz 1000010
HBP - Lowell (by Adam Loewen)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Loewen 76-41, Rodrigo Lopez 87-51, Russ Ortiz 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Loewen 2-2, Rodrigo Lopez 5-4, Russ Ortiz 1-1
Batters Faced - Adam Loewen 16, Rodrigo Lopez 23, Russ Ortiz 3
Boston Red Sox
Coco Crisp, CF4110111
Mark Loretta, 2B4132100
David Ortiz, DH3110214
Manny Ramirez, LF4022013
    Gabe Kapler, RF1000000
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5110024
Mike Lowell, 3B4111011
    Alex Cora, 3B0000000
Wily Mo Pena, RF-LF4111035
Javy Lopez, C4221001
Alex Gonzalez, SS4112001
Totals3791394920 
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (, Lopez), Kevin Youkilis (, Lopez)
3B - Alex Gonzalez (, Lopez)
RBI - Mark Loretta 2 (), Manny Ramirez 2 (), Mike Lowell (), Wily Mo Pena (), Javy Lopez (), Alex Gonzalez 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Mark Loretta 2 ()
SB - Mike Lowell (, 3rd base off Lopez/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Wily Mo Pena 1
DP - A. Gonzalez-Loretta-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
David Wells (W,-) 7911140
Kyle Snyder 2211121
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 98-65, Kyle Snyder 27-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 3-12
Batters Faced - David Wells 29, Kyle Snyder 9
Game Information
Attendance - 36191
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Brian O'Nora