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Friday, August 21, 2009
You can always count on J.D. Drew
Fielding probably their best lineup of the season last night in Toronto, the Red Sox swept the hapless Jays with an 8-1 win.
The most frustrating athlete on the planet J.D. Drew was the star of the game, going 4 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs.
Jon Lester (10-7) was outstanding after he escaped a bases loaded, no outs jam in the first while only allowing a run. That would be the only run he gave up in eight innings of work. Toronto (55-64) had three hits off him, he walked two and struck out five.
Drew hit a solo shot in the third to give Boston (69-51) a 1-0 lead.
Mike Lowell's RBI single in the fourth and Drew's two-run blast put the Red Sox ahead 4-1. They added two more runs in the fifth, one in the seventh on a Victor Martinez homer and one more in the eighth before departing from their neighbors to the North.
The red-hot Yankees are in Boston for the weekend and the Sox find themselves 6.5 games behind the Bombers and a game ahead of the Rangers in the wild card. These three games likely won't mean much since New York is almost a sure thing to win the division but taking two out of three or heaven forbid a sweep, would make things interesting coming down the stretch.
The pitching matchups in the first two games do not line up favorably at all for Boston as tonight Brad Penny goes again Andy Petitte.