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Monday, June 16, 2008

Even without Manny & Ortiz, Red Sox crush the Reds

The Red Sox' tour of NL little league parks ended on a high note at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

Boston (44-28) shutout the Reds (33-38), 9-0, to take two out of the three games in the series after dropping the first game.

Josh Beckett (7-4) went seven scoreless innings to earn the win. Beckett gave up six hits, two walks and struck out six.

David Ortiz is still out with the wrist injury while Manny Ramirez had the day off to nurse his sore hamstring. Didn't matter as the Sox still belted four home runs.

Coco Crisp (2 hits, 4 RBIs), Jacoby Ellsbury (3 hits, 2 runs, 2 steals), J.D. Drew (2 runs, 2 walks) and Dustin Pedroia (2 RBIs) did the honors with the first three guys teeing off on Reds rookie Homer Bailey (0-3), who gave up five earned runs in 2.1 innings.

Boston moves on to Philadelphia for three games at Citizens Bank Park, another launching pad.

Good luck to Bartolo Colon, who not only has to face the Phillies' formidable lineup tonight, but also opposes ace Cole Hamels.

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