Boston Takes Rubber Game Of Series With Oakland
On the heels of Josh Beckett’s great performance against the A’s on Tuesday night, Boston’s other All-Star pitcher, Tim Wakefield, looked to follow suit by giving the Sox a win to preserve a three-game series at Fenway Park.
That’s exactly what Wakefield did on Wednesday night as he had his knuckleball dancin’, earning his 11th victory of the season which leads all American League pitchers. The 42-year-old gave up three runs on ten hits while striking out eight, to win his ninth game in his last 11 starts at Fenway.
David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs for the local nine, with his three-run blast in the sixth inning proving to be a momentum changer for Boston in route to their 5-4 victory over the A’s.
Ortiz homered three batters after J.D. Drew led off the sixth with a blast of his own. Big Papi grounded out to second in the seventh to provide what would be the game-winning run as Drew scored on the play from third. Jonathan Papelbon was shaky in the ninth as the Sox closer gave up a run but he eventually recorded his 22nd save by striking out Jack Cust.
The Red Sox host the Kansas City Royals on Thursday as Brad Penny matches up against Luke Hochevar.