Notes: Red Sox pitchers continue to struggle

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Notes: Red Sox pitchers continue to struggle

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka's night against the Rays was rough, but he isn't the only Red Sox pitcher who has been knocked around this season.

The starters have each had two turns now, posting a combined ERA of 7.24 (41 earned runs, 51 innings), while giving up 60 hits, 23 walks, and 14 home runs with 37 strikeouts. John Lackey and Josh Beckett have each recorded wins, with Beckett and Jon Lester posting the only quality starts.

After Matsuzakas departure Monday night, Tim Wakefield gave up five earned runs in 3 13 innings, and Dan Wheeler allowed four earned runs in one inning. Only Alfredo Aceves held the Rays scoreless, throwing two perfect innings, with two strikeouts. The Red Sox pitching staff has a combined 7.29 ERA.

I think just collectively we just have to go out and there and do a better job all the way around, said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Were not hitting the ball and not throwing the ball. Beckett had a great game Sunday night. So, we just have to step it up and continue to do well.

Wakefields 3 13 relief innings were the most hes pitched out of the bullpen since also throwing 3 13 on June 3, 2002, at Detroit. The seven hits he allowed were the most in relief since a career relief-high eight on April 28, 2001 against Kansas City.

The last time the Red Sox allowed at least 20 hits to the Rays was July 24, 2003, when they gave up 21 at Fenway. The 16 runs are the most the Sox have ever allowed to Tampa Bay. The previous high was 15 (also July 24, 2003).

David Ortiz hit his first triple of the season. He is the only American League player with at least one triple in each of his 12 seasons since 2000. Adrian Gonzalez also tripled, making them the first DH and first baseman to triple in the same game since Reggie Jefferson (DH) and Brian Daubach (1B) on Aug. 9, 1999, at Kansas City.

J.D. Drew extended his hitting streak to seven games, batting .348 in that stretch. He has reached base safely in his eight games this season.

Sam Fuld, a native of Durham, NH, who was playing in his first game at Fenway Park, nearly hit for the cycle, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored, and three RBI. Needing just a single to complete the feat, Fuld came up to bat in the ninth but doubled down the left-field line. The home run was just the second of his big-league career. He is the fourth New Hampshire-born player to hit a home run at Fenway, joining Phil Plantier, Kevin Romine, and Red Rolfe.

Johnny Damon went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBI, a walk, and a home run.

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Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

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Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

The A.L. East-champion Red Sox, still fighting for playoff position, field their usual lineup as they open David Ortiz's final regular-season series tonight (7:10) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox (92-67) are two games behind the Texas Rangers (94-65) in the race for the best record in the A.L., with the Cleveland Indians (91-67) a half-game behind Boston.

Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.11 ERA), the likely Game 1 starter in the ALDS, will try to add to his Cy Young Award resume tonight. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.53).

The Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles (both 87-72) are tied for the A.L. wild-card lead with the Detroit Tigers (85-73) 1 1/2 games back.

It’s the final regular season series for Oritz, with ceremonies planned to honor the retiring Red Sox DH prior to each of the final three game this weekend. 

The lineups:

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Brock Holt 3B

Mookie Betts RF

David Ortiz DH

Hanely Ramirez 1B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Jackie Bradley CF

Sandy Leon C

Andrew Benintendi LF

Rick Porcello P

 

BLUE JAYS

Eziquiel Carrera LF

Josh Donaldson 3B

Edwin Encarnacion DH

Jose Bautista RF

Russell Martin C

Troy Tulowitzki SS

Justin Smoak 1B

Kevin Pillar CF

Devon Travis 2B

Marco Estrada RHP