Sox shell Gallardo in 12-3 win over Brewers

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Sox shell Gallardo in 12-3 win over Brewers

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON The Red Sox dispatched the Brewers from Fenway Park with a 12-3 shellacking Sunday afternoon in the finale of their three-game set.

The Brewers could do little with Tim Wakefields knuckleball. He gave up just three hits and a walk in eight innings, striking out six. Two of the hits he allowed were home runs, accounting for all the Brewers scoring.

Wakefield earned the win, improving to 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA. He threw 12 pitches in the first inning, 11 strikes. He struck out Milwaukees first two batters, Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart, on a total of six pitches to start the game.

His only blemishes came on a two-run homer to Nyjer Morgan in the second, after Casey McGehees double, and a Prince Fielder homer leading off the seventh.

Wakefields offense rewarded him handsomely in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs on six hits as 11 batters went to the plate. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo like Shaun Marcum on Friday night threw 46 pitches in the first inning.

Gallardo allowed the first six batters he faced to reach base before he could record an out. His record fell to 8-4 with a 4.11 ERA. The six runs Gallardo gave up in the first were the first are the most hes allowed in the first inning of a game in his career.

Gallardo went three innings, his shortest outing this season, giving up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The right runs tied Zack Greinke (on July 16 in Wrigley Field) with the most runs allowed by a Cubs starter this season.

Kevin Youkilis three-run homer in the first, scoring Dustin Pedroia, who reached on a single, and Adrian Gonzalez, who reached on Gallardos error, was the big blow in the first.

Dustin Pedroia, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, homered to lead off the fourth, his sixth of the season. Marco Scutaro had a two-run shot, scoring David Ortiz, in the sixth, his second of the season.

Adrian Gonzalez, who fell a triple shy of the cycle Friday night, recorded his 1,000th career hit in the sixth a triple. He now has three triples this season, 11 in his career.

Although Wakefield threw just 98 pitches (74 strikes), Dan Wheeler came in for the ninth, giving up one hit with one strikeout, to secure the win.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tim Wakefield
Wakefield went eight crisp innings against the Brewers, improving to 4-2 (4.26 ERA) recording his 197th career win. He needed just 98 pitches (74 strikes), holding the Brewers to three runs on three hits (two home runs) and one walk with a season-high six strikeouts. He set the tone early, needing just 12 pitches (11 strikes) in the first inning. He struck out Milwaukees first two batters Rickie Weeks swinging and Corey Hart looking on a total of six pitches.

The outing was Wakefields longest since going eight innings on July 2, 2010, against the Orioles.

He was excellent, said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. That's probably the best stuff I've seen from him all year that I've caught him. Even in the bullpen I was having trouble just because the ball was moving everywhere. He was really just kind of throwing it for strikes, too. Getting ahead, but obviously it's a tough pitch to hit as it is anyways.

HONORABLE MENTION: Kevin Youkilis
Youkilis three-run homer into the Monster seats in the first, his 11th of the season, was the big blast in the six-run uprising. It was his third home run in his last seven games. Youkilis has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, with 14 RBI.

THE GOAT: Yovani Gallardo
Gallardo wasted no time letting the game get out of hand. After starting lead-off batter Jacoby Ellsbury 0-2 (both called), Gallardo couldnt put Ellsbury away. Just as he couldnt put away any of the first six Sox batters he faced.

Gallardos first inning looked like this: Ellsbury single, Dustin Pedroia single, Adrian Gonzalez error to Gallardo, Ellsbury scores, Kevin Youkilis three-run homer, David Ortiz single, J.D. Drew single, Marco Scutaro groundball out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia strike out, Josh Reddick walk, Jacoby Ellsbury ground-rule double, Ortiz and Drew score, Pedroia fly out. Gallardo needed 46 pitches to get through the inning.

His record fell to 8-4 with a 4.11 ERA. The six runs Gallardo gave up in the first were the first are the most hes allowed in the first inning of a game in his career,

Gallardo went three innings, his shortest outing this season, giving up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The right runs tied Zack Greinke (on July 16 in Wrigley Field) with the most runs allowed by a Cubs starter this season.

THE TURNING POINT
The first inning set the tone of the game for both teams. Wakefields first inning 12 pitches, 11 strikes, striking out the first two batters on a combined six pitches -- let the Brewers know they werent going to have an easy time with his knuckleball.

Gallardos sloppy first inning 11 batters, six runs allowed, 46 pitches was all the offense the Sox would need although they would go on to do further damage. Coming out of the inning in a 6-0 hole was more than Gallardo and the Brewers could overcome.

STAT OF THE DAY: 44321
Tim Wakefield earned the win, going eight innings with six strikeouts, at 44 years, 321 days old. The last American League pitcher that age to earn a win throwing as many innings with as many strikeouts was Nolan Ryan at 45 years, 155 days on July 4, 1992 against the Yankees while with the Rangers.

With the win Wakefield improved to 4-2 (4.26 ERA) with 197 career victories.

QUOTE OF NOTE:
I think his role is exactly what hes doing. We talked about it going in, that theres probably going to be starts for him. Dont know where theyre going to be. And because of his versatility hes filled that role and hes filled it unbelievable. I think youre fortunate on a staff when you have a guy like that. And going into the season he knew what his role was. In all honesty, you dont know when the starts are going to be. But he prepared real well and hes really helping us out.

--Manager Terry Francona on Tim Wakefields performance this season

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Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

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Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.