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Game 101: Sox bats kick in to split with A's


Final - 7.30.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 5 7 0
Boston Red Sox 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 2 X 8 10 0
WP: Manny Delcarmen (3 - 2)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (26)
LP: Craig Breslow (4 - 5)

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I'm standing by my statement: today's game will turn it all around for the Sox.

I said that before the game of course and you know what, the Sox won, 8-5. Good deal.

Let's talk about the offense first. David Ortiz went 2 for 3 with another three-run home run. Today's home run gave the Sox the lead, 6-5. Jason Varitek and Jacoby Ellsbury chipped in RBIs in the eighth to give the Sox the 8-5 lead and eventual win.

Varitek went 3 for 4 with a run and three RBIs, while J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis each had two hits.

Jon Lester was on the hill and didn't have his best performance. He lasted just 5.2 innings and gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks. The worst number: two strikeouts. That's not a good day for Lester. Even in his previous bad starts, he strikes out a lot. I'm not sure why the number was so low today, but let's hope this is just a blip on the radar.

Manny Delcarmen got the win after giving up a run in 1.1 innings of work. Daniel Bard, who seems to be getting tougher and tougher work loads lately, pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout to get the hold. Jonathan Papelbon earned his 26th save and he only allowed one hit -- a good sign from Paps.

Tomorrow is the trade deadline. If I forget there is actual baseball to be played tomorrow, forgive me. But we, the handsome staff of OTM, will keep you updated all day.