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Game 54: Penny knocked around, Sox lose

Final - 6.5.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas Rangers 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 8 1
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 0
WP: Kevin Millwood (5 - 4)
LP: Brad Penny (5 - 2)

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It just wasn't in the books for the Red Sox Friday night.

Penny ended up going 5.2 innings, allowed seven hits, five runs, two walks and struck out five. He looked good the first four innings. Then a big three-run home run by Ian Kinsler did him in.

The Sox's only run came in the 8th. David Ortiz singled in Jason Bay and the game finished at the 5-1 score.

Penny and the offense was "the ugly," while the bullpen was the "good." Daniel Bard went 1.1 and struck out two. Bard lowered his ERA to 0.90. Then Manny Delcarmen had a eventless 8th and Takashi Saito allowed a hit and struck out one in the 9th.

J.D. Drew did get on base four times, but that was the only bright spot of the Sox offense.

Just when it seemed like the Sox were picking up steam, this happens. But it's OK. It's not the end of the world. But it would be nice to reel of a seven or eight game winning streak. Maybe nine out of 10?

It's Jon Lester v. Derek Holland on Saturday.