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Red Sox Survive Late Rally, Take Game 2 from Orioles

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This one was way too close.

John Lackey got the start, and struggled through 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 2 walks and 10 hits, including a home run. It was an unimpressive outing from Lackey, who threw 111 pitches and left with the Sox trailing 1-3.

After being shut down for 6 innings aside from a Jason Varitek solo shot in the 5th, the Red Sox offense came to life in the 7th inning. Marco Scutaro provided a loud 3-run home run to put the Red Sox on top 4-3, and Kevin Youkilis padded the lead with a 3-run shot of his own.

Going to the 9th, it looked like this would be an easy victory for the Red Sox. But Ramon Ramirez and Jonathan Papelbon wouldn't have it. Ramirez gave up a solo shot to Adam Jones and a double to Nick Markakis before being pulled for Papelbon, who proceeded to give up 3 straight singles, putting the go-ahead run at first. Much like last year, though, Paps clamped down at the last minute, and struck out the last two batters to finish the Orioles off.

Game Notes:

  • With only 3 strikeouts, John Lackey has not been missing the bats as much as he'd want. That's only 11 Ks in 23 innings.
  • After going through a prolonged slump batting 3rd, Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a double in his return to the 2-hole.
  • The Orioles outhit the Red Sox 17-9
  • Credit the Orioles with 0 stolen bases. Can you believe it?
  • More suspect defense, as Scutaro took a ball off the heel of his glove, and Hermida managed to look very Manny-like trying to play a ball of the Monster.
  • The Sox have, believe it or not, won 4 out of 5.
  • The Sox had only 4 starters in the lineup tonight, with Beltre, Ortiz, Cameron, Ellsbury, and Drew all out.