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Masterson throws solid game for Red Sox on short notice

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Rookie Justin Masterson pulled into town in time to watch Jon Lester's no-hitter on his hotel television.

Then he pitched the Boston Red Sox to another win over the Kansas City Royals, even though the 2-1 victory Tuesday might not have met his wildest expectations after he watched Lester's masterpiece.

"I was excited. Of course, then the (television) announcer said, 'have fun following this one, Justin,' "Masterson said with a big smile. "Rolling through my mind was I wanted to throw a perfect game or maybe back-to-back no-hitters, but that was taken away in the first inning."

David DeJesus doubled with two outs in the first, but Masterson (1-0) allowed just two more hits before leaving with a 2-0 lead with one out in the seventh inning.

Just one night earlier, Lester beat the Royals 7-0 with the first no-hitter of the season.

After Tuesday's game, Masterson, a 6-foot-6 right-hander with a deceptive whip-like motion, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for former AL Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon, who will make his first start of the year in his 12th major league season Wednesday.

Masterson will be a tough act to follow, just as Lester was.

"I don't really mind" going to the minors, said Masterson, who was brought up Tuesday from Double-A Portland. "It's kind of cool that I got to pitch Tuesday and he's back to Wednesday."

He allowed one run on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks in his second major league start. Manager Terry Francona expects him to make many more, perhaps late in the season, perhaps next season.

"You can make some mistakes by rushing guys" to the majors, he said. "He needs to go pitch and enjoy his development and enjoy getting better because he's going to help us."

Jonathan Papelbon ended a bases-loaded threat in the eighth by striking out Billy Butler and pitched a perfect ninth -- with two more strikeouts -- for his 13th save in 15 opportunities.

"We ended up with the bases loaded and they bring in the big boy," Kansas City manager Trey Hillman said. "Billy was right on the fastballs, but he threw a nasty slider. That's tough duty."

The Red Sox needed Masterson after a rainout Friday night forced them to play a doubleheader on Saturday. In his only other start, he allowed one run and two hits in six innings in a 7-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on April 24, also at Fenway Park.

Boston won its fifth straight game, while Kansas City lost only the third of its last nine.

"I wouldn't say it was more frustrating" than the no-hitter, Hillman said. "We are a little bit out of sync with runners in scoring position."

The Royals were scoreless for 17 straight innings before John Buck singled in a run against reliever Manny Delcarmen in the seventh, cutting the lead to 2-1.

They wasted an excellent chance in the eighth when they loaded the bases with two outs against Hideki Okajima on a ground-rule double by DeJesus and walks to Alex Gordon and Mark Teahen. Papelbon then fanned Butler and pumped his fist several times as he walked from the mound.

Kansas City also got a strong performance from its starter.

Gil Meche (3-6) allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings and retired 16 of his last 18 batters after Boston took a 2-0 lead in the second.

"In my last four starts my stuff is coming back," he said.

Meche retired the leadoff batter in the second before four of the next five runners reached base.

The Red Sox loaded the bases on singles by Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew and a walk to Jason Varitek. Julio Lugo sent home the first run with a sacrifice fly and Coco Crisp drove in the second with a double.

Then Meche set down the next 10 batters.

Kansas City scored in the seventh, which started with Masterson's leadoff walk to Teahen. Masterson then threw out Butler on a grounder to the mound as Teahen took second. Masterson left to loud applause after throwing 91 pitches and Javier Lopez struck out Ross Gload.

Then right-hander Delcarmen came in and allowed the RBI single to righty Buck. Delcarmen ended the threat by striking out Alberto Callaspo, who struck out to end Lester's no-hitter.

Notes

  • Colon signed a minor league contract in spring training.
  • Gordon reached base on all four of his at bats with two doubles, a single and a walk.
  • Manny Ramirez struck out three times and is stuck at 498 homers since hitting his last on May 12.
  • The Red Sox sent RHP Chris Smith to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster for Masterson.
  • RHP Julian Tavarez accepted an assignment to Pawtucket eight days after being designated for assignment by Boston.
  • Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills coached third base while DeMarlo Hale tended to his wife, who is having medical tests in Orlando.
 
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Rookie Justin Masterson is off the mound with a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning. (AP)
Rookie Justin Masterson is off the mound with a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Boston

J. Masterson
IP 6.1
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 5
 
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF4010000 .268
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B3000111 .316
Alex Gordon, 3B3030101 .293
Jose Guillen, LF4000034 .235
Mark Teahen, RF1100310 .261
Billy Butler, DH4000014 .269
Ross Gload, 1B3000011 .255
John Buck, C4011021 .257
Tony Pena, SS2000000 .167
   a- Alberto Callaspo, PH-SS1000011 .288
   b- Miguel Olivo, PH1000010 .271
Totals30151511  
a-struck out for Pena in the 7th
b-struck out for Callaspo in the 9th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (2, Okajima), Alex Gordon 2 (12, Masterson, Masterson)
RBI - John Buck (14)
2-OUT RBI - John Buck (4)
Team LOB - 8
Kansas City Royals
Gil Meche (L,3-6) 7522280 5.58
Ramon Ramirez 1000020 1.86
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 119-76, Ramon Ramirez 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 5-8, Ramon Ramirez 1-0
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 28, Ramon Ramirez 3
Boston Red Sox
Coco Crisp, CF4011001 .297
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4000022 .296
David Ortiz, DH4020000 .253
Manny Ramirez, LF4000032 .292
    Jacoby Ellsbury, LF0000000 .276
Mike Lowell, 3B3000010 .265
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3110021 .328
J.D. Drew, RF3110000 .283
Jason Varitek, C2000120 .286
Julio Lugo, SS1001100 .278
    Alex Cora, SS0000000 .409
Totals28252210  
Batting
2B - Coco Crisp (8, Meche)
SF - Julio Lugo (1)
RBI - Coco Crisp (11), Julio Lugo (11)
2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.D. Drew 1
DP - Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Justin Masterson (W,1-0) 6.1311350 1.46
Javier Lopez (H,5) 0.1000010 3.18
Manny Delcarmen (H,6) 0.1100010 5.71
Hideki Okajima (H,10) 0.2100210 0.90
Jonathan Papelbon (S,13) 1.1000030 2.45
HBP - Gload (by Justin Masterson)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 91-55, Javier Lopez 5-3, Manny Delcarmen 6-4, Hideki Okajima 27-14, Jonathan Papelbon 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 9-3, Hideki Okajima 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 24, Javier Lopez 1, Manny Delcarmen 2, Hideki Okajima 5, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37486
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Brian Knight