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Dice-K, Pedroia star as BoSox begin home stretch with shutout

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia had four hits, three runs, two stolen bases and one walk. Ho hum.

It was just another multi-hit game for last year's AL Rookie of the Year, his league-leading 52nd of the season. Going 4-for-4, he raised his batting average to .388 in the last 15 games and .322 for the season. And he set a Red Sox single-season record for second basemen with 104 runs.

"It's almost become expected," teammate Jason Bay said after Boston's 8-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. "I don't think it impresses anybody anymore."

Then Daisuke Matsuzaka's performance shouldn't surprise him either.

Matsuzaka (16-2) gave up only two hits in eight innings in his most efficient outing of a season, lowering his ERA to 2.82.

"It's getting to the point in the season where we're heading into September and he seems to have a lot left," manager Terry Francona said.

The White Sox, who were rested after having Thursday off and began the day with a 1½-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central, did very little on Friday.

"We didn't hit, we didn't play defense and we didn't pitch," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It felt like we had another off day."

The Red Sox play 19 of their remaining 28 games at Fenway Park, the most home games of any team. They have the third best home record in the majors, and already lead the AL wild-card race. The Red Sox remained 4½ games behind AL East leader Tampa Bay, which beat Baltimore 14-3.

"We've had a lot of 10-day road trips this year," Pedroia said. "To not have anymore, to be done with them, is definitely nice."

Coming off a 6-3 trip and with Josh Beckett placed on the disabled list, Boston used Matsuzaka in his place. He walked two, struck out seven and threw 104 pitches.

The only hits he allowed were singles by Jermaine Dye in the second and Alexei Ramirez in the third. His 16 wins tied Hideo Nomo's single-season record for the most by a native of Japan.

"I don't think that just reaching that number in and of itself has that much meaning," Matsuzaka said through a translator.

Bay's three-run double in the sixth put Boston ahead 7-0 and gave him 27 RBI in 25 games since a three-way trade on July 31 that brought him from Pittsburgh and sent Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"We were up 4-0 and it was nice just to put a little stamp on it, especially with the way Dice-K had been pitching," Bay said. "He was the story tonight."

So was Pedroia, who broke Bobby Doerr's team record for a second baseman of 103 runs, set in 1950. The two met last season and spoke briefly.

"He didn't seem like a guy that would be mad" about losing the record, Pedroia said with a laugh.

Guillen wasn't very happy about a pitching staff that allowed 15 hits, three of them by David Ortiz.

"I worry more about Pedroia than I do about Big Papi right now," he said. "Right now that kid is the key to the ballclub."

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first off Javier Vazquez (10-12) when they loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and two singles then scored when Kevin Youkilis hit into a forceout at second base.

They made it 3-0 in the fifth when Pedroia singled, stole second and scored on Ortiz's double. Ortiz took third on a single by Youkilis and scored on a double by Mark Kotsay, playing his first game at Fenway since being acquired from Atlanta on Wednesday.

The Red Sox added four runs in the sixth with a huge assist from Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

He dropped leadoff hitter Alex Cora's foul pop behind home plate for an error and Cora capitalized with a double. Had Pierzynski caught it, Vazquez might have gotten out of the inning quickly because he retired the next two batters.

Instead, Cora took third on a wild pitch and Pedroia walked. Horacio Ramirez then walked Ortiz, loading the bases. D.J Carrasco came in and got ahead of Youkilis with a 1-2 count but hit him with the next pitch, forcing in a run.

Bay, who struck out three times Friday, then hit his bases-clearing double off the left-center field wall that just eluded center fielder Nick Swisher.

The Red Sox made it 8-0 in the eighth when Pedroia led off with a single, took second on Ortiz's single and scored on Youkilis' double.

Notes

  • Boston CF Coco Crisp was scratched from the lineup with flu-like symptoms.
  • The Red Sox placed Beckett and 1B Sean Casey on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of C David Ross from Triple-A Pawtucket.
  • Chicago lost its second straight game after winning three in a row.
  • Michael Bowden is scheduled to make his first major league start for Boston on Saturday night.
 
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Jason Bay has 27 RBI for the Red Sox in 25 games, three coming on this double.  (AP)
Jason Bay has 27 RBI for the Red Sox in 25 games, three coming on this double. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Matsuzaka
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 7
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS4000011 .272
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000001 .290
Carlos Quentin, LF3000110 .290
Jermaine Dye, RF2010111 .297
Jim Thome, DH3000023 .251
Paul Konerko, 1B3000012 .232
Nick Swisher, CF3000011 .231
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3010000 .308
Joe Crede, 3B3000011 .247
Totals2802028  
Batting
SB - Alexei Ramirez (10, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - A.J. Pierzynski (9, Dropped fly)
Chicago White Sox
Javier Vazquez (L,10-12) 5.21053270 4.38
Horacio Ramirez0011100 3.69
D.J. Carrasco 0.1111000 2.48
Adam Russell 1100000 4.63
Lance Broadway 1311120 8.44
IBB - Kotsay by Lance Broadway
HBP - Youkilis (by D.J. Carrasco)
WP - Javier Vazquez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 109-72, Horacio Ramirez 7-3, D.J. Carrasco 13-8, Adam Russell 12-9, Lance Broadway 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 3-7, D.J. Carrasco 1-0, Adam Russell 1-2, Lance Broadway 1-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 29, Horacio Ramirez 1, D.J. Carrasco 3, Adam Russell 4, Lance Broadway 7
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4100113 .259
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4340100 .322
David Ortiz, DH4231111 .271
    Jeff Bailey, PR-DH0000000 .278
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4123011 .318
Jason Bay, LF5013037 .292
Mark Kotsay, RF4011103 .288
Jed Lowrie, 3B5000025 .287
Alex Cora, SS5120003 .275
Jason Varitek, C4020012 .228
Totals39815849  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (41, Vazquez), David Ortiz (21, Vazquez), Kevin Youkilis (36, Broadway), Jason Bay (28, Carrasco), Mark Kotsay (19, Vazquez), Alex Cora (8, Vazquez), Jason Varitek (19, Vazquez)
RBI - David Ortiz (66), Kevin Youkilis 3 (94), Jason Bay 3 (91), Mark Kotsay (38)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (30), Jason Bay 3 (33), Mark Kotsay (14)
SB - Dustin Pedroia 2 (14, 2nd base off Vazquez/Pierzynski, 2nd base off Ramirez/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Youkilis-Cora-Matsuzaka
Boston Red Sox
Daisuke Matsuzaka (W,16-2) 8200270 2.82
Mike Timlin 1000010 4.97
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 104-65, Mike Timlin 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 8-8, Mike Timlin 1-1
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 27, Mike Timlin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37755
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Derryl Cousins