55-35: Bats back Dice-K big time

The Red Sox put down the Toronto Blue Jays last night, 9-4. They went ahead early and kept building on the lead, abusing Dustin McGowan (5-5) for 6 runs on three home runs in five innings of work.

It was nice to see the offense get going some, with multi-hit games from Coco Crisp, David Ortiz and Julio Lugo (gasp!). Crisp is now hitting .317 since June 1 and .267 on the season. Eric Hinske bopped one out in the 4th, and Jason Varitek blasted a home run in the 6th inning to help the cause. It was a balanced attack, as very other regular had one hit except Manny Ramirez.

On the other side of the ball, Daisuke Matsuzaka (11-6) was strong into the 6th inning, but ran into some trouble when he gave up leadoff doubles to Frank Thomas and Troy Glaus. An Aaron Hill homer made it 4-4, but the Red Sox offense came up with five in the bottom of the frame to give Matsuzaka the victory.

Manny Delcarmen pitched two sharp innings of relief, and Hideki Okajima finished it off. Delcarmen looks like he is finally gaining the confidence to compete in this league.


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