FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 6, Twins 5
PLAYER OF THE GAME: 1-5 (Ells, Pedey, Youk, Bay, Lowell -- 13 for 25, five runs, five RBIs)
Brad Penny, you're starting to look like a major league pitcher.
Penny struggled in the sixth inning, but ended up going 5.1, allowed three runs, six hits, no walks and struck out seven. That's what we like to see out of our No. 5 starter.
The offense was supplied from the top of the order (note: David Ortiz was on the bench). The 1-5 starters had 13 hits, including a 4 for 5 day from Mike Lowell. Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay each had two RBIs.
Ramon Ramirez and Hideki Okajima were both perfect in relief. Ramirez went 1.2 without allowing a hit and striking out one. Oki worked an inning and struck out one.
Jonathan Papelbon worked the 9th and gave up a two-run home run to Joe Mauer, but the Sox still hung on to win 6-5.
Another game tomorrow: Jon Lester v. Nick Blackburn.
EDIT: In accordance to lone1c's preference, I must mention: Jeff Bailey hit a home run which, in the end, turned out to be the difference in the score. Thank you, Mr. Bailey. Now we know and knowing is half the battle.