Facing another ace?
On Tuesday night, the Red Sox faced an elite-level pitcher for a third consecutive game. And for a third consecutive game, they won. After outlasting Seattle's Felix Hernandez to earn a walk-off victory Sunday, they defeated the Angels' Jered Weaver on Monday night thanks in large measure to Dustin Pedroia's 13-pitch at-bat.
The latest victim was Dan Haren, who mowed down the Red Sox for five innings before giving up two runs in the sixth inning, one more in the seventh and one in the four-run eighth of a 7-3 Boston victory at Fenway Park.
"It's a great sign," first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said of defeating three aces in a row. "It's something that we can definitely move forward from."
Gonzalez played a big role in the latest victory. His RBI double in the sixth inning tied the game, and the Red Sox took the lead when he scored on Jed Lowrie's two-out, broken-bat single to right field. Gonzalez added a solo homer against Haren in the eighth inning. It was his first home run at Fenway Park, and it snapped a 96-at-bat homerless drought overall.
"The last three days. we've faced some really good pitching," manager Terry Francona said. "You go into those games knowing you're probably not going to knock them around, but we've found ways to beat them."
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