52-31: Wakefield, reserves get it done


It seems that young lineups just don’t know what to do with a knuckleball, as Tim Wakefield (9-8) improved to 16-2 in his career against Tampa Bay. He held them to one run until the seventh inning, when they staged a 4-run rally against Wakefield and reliever Javier Lopez. Manny Delcarmen and Jonathan Papelbon came on to shut the door, though, and the Sox won, 7-4. Paps recorded save number 20 on the year with a 3-up, 3-down ninth.  It was Tampa Bay’s 10th loss in a row.

The day game after a night game, you’re always bound to see plenty of substitutions. Alex Cora started at second, Eric Hinske was at first, Doug Mirabelli was catching Wake and Jacoby Ellsbury played in left field. It didn’t hurt the Sox much, as they scored 7 runs on 9 hits against the Rays. It was nice to see the offense get loose, even without some key players in the lineup. Ellsbury doubled and Mirabelli singled home runs in the fourth. J.D. Drew had an RBI double, and Mike Lowell hit a two-run Monster shot in the fifth off of starter Edwin Jackson (1-9) to make it 7-1.

With Coco Crisp playing again, Ellsbury will probably be demoted to Pawtucket soon to get more playing time. But don’t be surprised if we see him again before this season’s over.

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