Milwaukee at Boston

W: C. Hansen (1-2) L: S. Torres (3-1)
S: M. Timlin (1)
HR: MIL - C. Hart (2)   BOS - M. Lowell (5)

Lowell drives in four runs to complete doubleheader sweep wire reports

BOSTON -- It was only fitting that a bloop single won a game filled with bloopers.

Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer and doubled in a pair of runs, and the Boston Red Sox survived a battle of bumbling infielders to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Saturday and complete a sweep of their day-night doubleheader.

The teams' infielders combined for seven errors in the nightcap -- four by the Brewers -- the most in a game this season. None was by Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who had the go-ahead single and played his major league record 222nd straight game at first without an error.

"I have no clue," Boston centerfielder Coco Crisp said, recalling the misplays. "You can come to a game and see many different types of games. You can see a web gem, or you can see a game like today."

Boston starter Tim Wakefield gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings under the lights, and left with a 5-1 lead. But David Aardsma allowed a pair of inherited runners to score and Craig Hansen gave up three unearned runs to give Milwaukee a 6-5 lead.

The Red Sox answered in their half of the seventh when Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia reached on errors, ending up on second and third after third baseman Bill Hall threw a potential double play ball into right field. David Ortiz's grounder drove in a run and Youkilis blooped a single to right off Salomon Torres (3-1).

"The Red Sox made a bunch of errors, too, and they're World Champions," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "Think they're learning anything tonight? It happens. You make errors."

Hansen (1-2) got the win. Mike Timlin pitched the ninth for his first save, at 42 years, 68 days, becoming the oldest to record a save since John Franco did it with the Mets at 42 years, 341 days on Aug. 24, 2003.

"We used every pitcher that was available and we found a way to win," Boston manager Terry Francona said.

Boston grabbed the lead in the first inning after the first two batters were retired, going ahead on Lowell's two-run double.

His two-run homer, a shot that cleared the seats above the Green Monster, gave the Red Sox a 4-0 lead in the third. They added a run in the fifth without a hit when Ellsbury reached on shortstop Craig Counsell's fielding error and later scored when Hall bobbled a grounder.


  • Ellsbury has been successful on all 25 stolen-base attempts in his career, most by a Red Sox rookie since 1920.
  • Brewers LF Gabe Kapler, who retired prior to last season after playing with the Red Sox, received a nice ovation before his first at-bat in the second game.
  • Crisp was back in the lineup for the nightcap after leaving Tuesday's game in Baltimore with a headache and upset stomach.
  • The Red Sox wore their red jerseys for the first time this season in the night game.
  • Boston RHP Curt Schilling, rehabbing from shoulder weakness since spring training, threw from 90 feet Friday.
  • The Red Sox plan to option OF Jonathan Van Every to Pawtucket and RHP Chris Smith's contract will be purchased from Triple-A on Sunday.
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Lowell deserves to be congratulated after hitting a two-run homer and a two-run double.  (AP)
Lowell deserves to be congratulated after hitting a two-run homer and a two-run double. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Lowell
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5022012 .190
Mike Cameron, CF3000222 .182
Ryan Braun, DH5000015 .287
Prince Fielder, 1B4120100 .268
Corey Hart, RF4121112 .301
Gabe Kapler, LF5210003 .278
Bill Hall, 3B4100013 .197
Mike Rivera, C5111012 .292
Craig Counsell, SS2012101 .245
2B - Prince Fielder (10, Wakefield), Craig Counsell (5, Hansen)
HR - Corey Hart (2, Wakefield)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (15), Corey Hart (20), Mike Rivera (6), Craig Counsell 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (4), Craig Counsell 2 (2)
SB - Corey Hart (7, 2nd base off Wakefield/Cash), Craig Counsell (1, 2nd base off Wakefield/Cash)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Rivera-Weeks, Counsell-Weeks-Fielder
E - Craig Counsell (2, Misplayed grounder), Bill Hall 2 (8, Misplayed grounder), Rickie Weeks (3, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush 6554221 6.05
Salomon Torres (L,3-1) 2120220 2.57
WP - Dave Bush (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 102-67, Salomon Torres 41-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 8-10, Salomon Torres 4-0
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 27, Salomon Torres 9
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, LF4200010 .278
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3210000 .298
David Ortiz, DH3101102 .239
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4121001 .321
Mike Lowell, 3B4124012 .282
J.D. Drew, RF3000110 .281
Coco Crisp, CF3010102 .315
Alex Cora, SS3000101 .409
Kevin Cash, C4000012 .341
2B - Kevin Youkilis (15, Bush), Mike Lowell (8, Bush), Coco Crisp (7, Bush)
HR - Mike Lowell (5, Bush)
SH - Dustin Pedroia (4)
RBI - David Ortiz (33), Kevin Youkilis (31), Mike Lowell 4 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lowell 4 (8)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (16, 2nd base off Bush/Rivera), Dustin Pedroia (5, 2nd base off Bush/Rivera)
CS - Kevin Youkilis (2, 2nd base by Torres/Rivera)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Cash-Pedroia, Pedroia-Cora-Youkilis
E - Alex Cora (1, Misplayed grounder), Javier Lopez (1, Misplayed grounder), Mike Lowell (3, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield 5.1633351 4.33
David Aardsma (H,3) 0.2100110 2.14
Craig Hansen (BS,1; W,1-2) 1230010 7.11
Javier Lopez (H,4) 1000100 3.24
Mike Timlin (S,1) 1000000 8.18
HBP - Hall (by Tim Wakefield), Counsell (by David Aardsma)
WP - Tim Wakefield (5), Craig Hansen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 108-67, David Aardsma 24-15, Craig Hansen 28-17, Javier Lopez 15-7, Mike Timlin 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 4-6, Craig Hansen 3-1, Javier Lopez 2-1, Mike Timlin 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 25, David Aardsma 5, Craig Hansen 7, Javier Lopez 4, Mike Timlin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37847
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Kevin Causey