Ramirez powers Dodgers past punchless Sox, 2-0

Ramirez powers Dodgers past punchless Sox, 2-0
August 24, 2013, 12:15 am
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LOS ANGELES -- The former Red Sox players whom the Sox shipped to Los Angeles a year ago weren't huge factors in the 2-0 win by the Dodgers Friday night.     

But the one the Red Sox shipped to Miami eight years ago? That was a different story.     

Former Sox prospect Hanley Ramirez, who came to the Dodgers via the Florida Marlins a month before the Sox and Dodgers conducted their mega-deal, smoked a two-run homer in the fourth inning and that held up for Ricky Nolasco.     

The Red Sox managed just two hits against Nolasco -- a two-out single by Dustin Pedroia in the first inning and a one-out single from Stephen Drew in the fifth. The Sox put just one baserunner in scoring
position: Daniel Nava, who was hit by a pitch and moved to second after Drew's single.     

Closer Kenley Jansen closed out the game in the ninth.     

John Lackey was nearly as brilliant, retiring the first nine Dodgers he faced before Carl Crawford led off the fourth with a single to right.     

Crawford stole second, but Lackey retired rookie phenom Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez before Ramirez connected for his 13th homer.     

Lackey pitched eight innings and allowed just one more hit -- another single to Crawford, this one in the sixth.     

The lack of run support for Lackey wasn't anything new: he came into the game averaging 4.19 runs in his starts, by far the lowest for any Red Sox starter.


 STAR OF THE GAME: Ricky Nolasco
Nolasco, obtained from the Marlins earlier this year, tossed eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits along the way. The Red Sox managed just one baserunner at second base.

Ramirez had the big hit of the game -- a two-run homer in the fourth with Carl Crawford on base, accounting for the only two runs of the night. His 13th homer of the year came on a 1-and-1 pitch.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Red Sox offense
The entire lineup was to blame, with just two singles to show for themselves over nine innings, as the Sox suffered their 10th shutout of the season

TURNING POINT: The Sox hinted at something against Nalasco when Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch with one out in the fifth and Stephen Drew followed with a single to right. But Will Middlebrooks hit into
an inning-ending double play and the Sox didn't get another baserunner the rest of the way.

BY THE NUMBERS: This was John Lackey's first complete game as a member of the Red Sox.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "We've had some guys throw very well against us, whether it's been (Matt) Moore or (David) Price, but that was from the left side. This, from a righthander, is probably as good a start as we've seen against us.'' John Farrell on Ricky Nolasco.