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Red Sox offense backs Wakefield in rout of Brewers

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BOSTON -- Tim Wakefield had his picture taken with the Stanley Cup, then was able to sit back for a while and watch his teammates grab a big early lead.

Kevin Youkilis hit a three-run homer to highlight Boston's six-run first inning and Wakefield held Milwaukee to three hits over eight innings, carrying the Red Sox to a 12-3 win over the Brewers on Sunday.

"I've always said, 'If the offense scores that many runs it makes my job a lot easier knowing I can make one or two mistakes,"' the 44-year old Wakefield said after enjoying a pregame clubhouse visit by the Stanley Cup champion Bruins before the Red Sox honored them with an on-field ceremony.

"I had my picture taken with the Cup," Wakefield said, smiling. "I wasn't touching it. It's theirs."

A few minutes after the Red Sox honored the Bruins, they turned Fenway into a TD Garden atmosphere during their six-run first inning, blaring a loud fog horn and playing the same music that's played down the other end of the city when the hockey team scores.

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Members of the Bruins, who captured the Cup with a Game 7 win over Vancouver on Wednesday, rode in on four Duck Boats -- as they did in a parade through the street of Boston on Saturday.

As they entered, Bruins players, most dressed in their black jerseys, threw soft baseballs and pucks to the fans. Red Sox employees were waving Bruins flags with players names and numbers on them in a ring around the upper seating.

After the boats circled the warning track, they walked in from center behind captain Zdeno Chara, who carried the Cup most of the way, before they all took part in a ceremonial first pitch with members of the Red Sox.

Wakefield then went out and retired the Brewers on 12 pitches -- 11 strikes -- before his teammates took control.

"Youk with the big hit, but we kept going," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia opened the first with singles and advanced on a wild pitch before Adrian Gonzalez reached on starter Yovani Gallardo's fielding error when he dropped first baseman Fielder's toss covering the bag. Ellsbury scored on the play. Youkilis then followed with his homer into the seats above the Green Monster, making it 4-0.

David Ortiz and J.D. Drew followed with singles, and Josh Reddick walked with two outs, loading the bases for Ellsbury's ground-rule double that made it 6-0.

"It felt great," Ortiz said of the Bruins' pregame visit. "You don't get to see a trophy like that every day."

Dustin Pedroia had a solo homer and drove in two runs, and Marco Scutaro hit a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who won their 13th in 15 games.

Nyjer Morgan and Prince Fielder homered for Milwaukee, which dropped two of three games at Fenway Park this weekend and have lost five of seven overall since winning eight of 10.

Wakefield (4-2) only gave up Casey McGehee's second-inning double besides the two homers in posting his 183rd career win with the Red Sox. He struck out six and walked one.

"He threw a lot of strikes," Francona said. "His ball was moving."

Gallardo (8-4) was tagged for eight runs -- five earned -- on nine hits, walked two and struck out four in three-plus innings. The right-hander had allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts.

"You never want to have a first inning like that. It was tough, it was definitely tough," he said. "I think most importantly, just falling behind hitters. Whenever I was ahead, everything was fine. But it just seemed for some reason I fell behind them and just had to throw balls a little bit more over the plate."

And it didn't get any better for him after the first.

Milwaukee cut it to 6-2 on Morgan's two-run homer in the top of the second, but Boston broke it open with two in fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Red Sox chased him in the fourth.

In the fourth, Pedroia homered leading off and Gonzalez tripled for his 1,000th career hit. Gonzalez scored on Ortiz's ground out, making it 8-2.

Pedroia also had a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Scutaro's two-run homer off Sergio Mitre made it 11-2 in the sixth.

Fielder homered into the right-field seats in the seventh. Gonzalez had an RBI single in the bottom half.

Notes

  • Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he wasn't sure if Shaun Marcum, who left Friday's game with a left hip flexor, would make his next start. "We'll have to make that decision [Monday]," he said. The manager said Marcum had an MRI on Saturday and will be checked out again at home on Monday.
  • Roenicke proved to be correct about Wakefield in his pregame meeting with the media. "It's completely different [facing him]," he said. "You can't prepare for him. If he's got a good knuckleball you're not going to hit him."
  • The Red Sox placed RHP Clay Buchholz on the 15-day DL with a strained lower back that's been bothering him for a few games and recalled LHP Andrew Miller from Triple-A Pawtucket. Miller, who went 3-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 13 games with the Pawsox, is scheduled to start on Monday. "We're hoping to see exactly what he was doing in Triple-A -- pound the strike zone," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
  • Brewers usher Bob Kozlowski sang God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch.
  • Gonzalez matched his career-high with his third triple of the year.
 
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Kevin Youkilis rounds the bases after connecting for a three-run homer off Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo in the first on Sunday. (Getty Images)
Kevin Youkilis rounds the bases after connecting for a three-run homer off Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo in the first on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

N. Morgan
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000010 .288
Corey Hart, RF4000020 .270
Ryan Braun, DH4010010 .310
Prince Fielder, 1B3111010 .301
    Mark Kotsay, 1B1000001 .244
Casey McGehee, 3B3110000 .231
    Josh Wilson, 3B1000000 .250
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000013 .224
Nyjer Morgan, LF2112100 .350
Carlos Gomez, CF3000011 .213
Jonathan Lucroy, C3000001 .264
Totals3234317  
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee (14, Wakefield)
HR - Prince Fielder (20, Wakefield), Nyjer Morgan (2, Wakefield)
RBI - Prince Fielder (61), Nyjer Morgan 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Nyjer Morgan 2 (6)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Yovani Gallardo (1, Missed catch of throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (L,8-4) 3985242 4.11
Sergio Mitre 3333231 3.38
Mark DiFelice 1211010 9.00
LaTroy Hawkins 1000000 0.49
WP - Yovani Gallardo (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 94-55, Sergio Mitre 48-31, Mark DiFelice 15-12, LaTroy Hawkins 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 4-2, Sergio Mitre 1-5, Mark DiFelice 1-1, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 21, Sergio Mitre 14, Mark DiFelice 5, LaTroy Hawkins 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5122002 .312
    Darnell McDonald, CF0000000 .125
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4232002 .269
    Drew Sutton, PR-2B0100000 .314
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5222010 .348
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4113111 .261
David Ortiz, DH3211200 .320
J.D. Drew, RF5120012 .230
Marco Scutaro, SS5112022 .278
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4010024 .248
Josh Reddick, LF3110111 .375
Totals3812141248  
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (22, Gallardo), Dustin Pedroia (13, DiFelice), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (10, Gallardo), Josh Reddick (2, Mitre)
3B - Adrian Gonzalez (3, Gallardo)
HR - Dustin Pedroia (6, Gallardo), Kevin Youkilis (11, Gallardo), Marco Scutaro (2, Mitre)
SF - Dustin Pedroia (2)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (36), Dustin Pedroia 2 (32), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (64), Kevin Youkilis 3 (50), David Ortiz (46), Marco Scutaro 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (12), Adrian Gonzalez (29), Marco Scutaro 2 (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Drew Sutton (1, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Wakefield (W,4-2) 8333162 4.26
Dan Wheeler 1100010 6.52
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 99-75, Dan Wheeler 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 7-11, Dan Wheeler 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 28, Dan Wheeler 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37903
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi