57-39: Crisp makes it count, Beckett goes to 13-3

It’s easy to say that the slump must end and that the Sox hitters will get hot, except in the middle of a slump. Call me crazy, but after our 10-3 victory over the White Sox last night, there’s some signs of life to our lineup now.

In the fifth inning, with the score 3-1, our offense staged a four run go-ahead rally off of starter Jose Contreras (5-12). With the bases loaded on a walk and two infield hits, Coco Crisp tripled down the right field line, clearing the bases. David Ortiz then brought Crisp home with a single. Then they did it again in the eighth, scoring five more runs off of the White Sox. Jason Varitek hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to score Manny Ramirez from third, and when Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch on the hand to reload the bases, none other than Julio Lugo hit a grand slam to bust the game wide open. The last time the Red Sox scored double-digit runs was July 5th against Tampa Bay, also the last time Boston had two innings where they scored four runs or more in the same game.

Josh Beckett (13-3) hurled a strong game, pitching six innings and striking out 10 on 114 pitches. He gave up a three run homer to Jim Thome in the third, but otherwise was in well in control. With the victory, Beckett joins C.C. Sabathia at the top of the wins category among all MLB pitchers.

Mike Timlin, Hideki Okajima and Joel Pineiro all contributed three consecutive outs to finish off this one. Timlin is now at 14 2/3 scoreless innings.

The offense was able to be explosive in this one because of extra base hits that were contributed by hitters other than #3 and #4. When we get contributions from different hitters each night, it makes a huge difference. Don’t look now, but Lugo has a .400 average for the month. J.D. Drew had two doubles for the Sox as well. Coco Crisp hit his seventh triple on the season, and his fifth of July. He is swinging a hot bat for the Sox this month.


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