Prior to last night’s game, Manny Ramirez said the best birthday present he had received was a watch sent to him by his mother. The Baltimore Orioles gift-wrapped another present: a Red Sox win in 13 innings in which Ramirez scored the go-ahead run. On the day he turned 36 years old, Ramirez showed he still has something left in his legs. With one out in the 13th, the birthday boy hustled down the line on a grounder to third base and when Melvin Mora made an errant throw, Ramirez hustled down to second. Three pitches later, he raced around to score on a single down the left field line from Mike Lowell. Not only did the Lowell line drive propel the Red Sox to a much-needed 5-2 victory, but it helped snap a stretch of Sox futility and officially put a whole lot of uneasiness in the rear-view mirror. Gone were the remembrances that the Sox had scored in just two of the previous 31 innings, and that they had been on the precipice of dropping to 1-6 on their current 10-game road swing.Suddenly, thanks in large part to eight scoreless innings from the bullpen, capped by Jonathan Paplebon’s 15th save, all was right with the Red Sox’ world. The combination of Hideki Okajima, Manny Delcarmen, Javier Lopez, Craig Hansen, Mike Timlin (3-3) and Papelbon offered the perfect pick-me-up for starter Josh Beckett.
Sox Notes: The Red Sox, as expected, are taking no chances with Daisuke Matsuzaka, placing him on the 15-day disabled list with what the team is calling a mild rotator cuff strain after the Japanese righthander underwent an MRI yesterday in Boston. Matsuzaka’s place on the 25-man roster was taken by Jeff Bailey, the hot-hitting Pawtucket infielder-outfielder whose contract was purchased by the Sox. The Sox don’t need another starting pitcher until Tuesday, when they are expected to call up Justin Masterson for a third time.
May 30, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 9, Senators 1 (25-13)
The Red Sox made it four straight wins as they blew out the Senators in their second straight doubleheader. There were plenty of hitting stars in this one as Stuff McInnis and Fred Thomas both had a pair of hits and three runs each. Everett Scott doubled three times and he scored once.
Lost in all of the offense was a nice start by Dutch Leonard. He gave up one run on nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
May 30, 1918 at Fenway Park
Senators 4, Red Sox 0 (25-14)
The Red Sox four game winning streak came to an end as the Senators salvaged the fourth and final game of the series. THe team managed just six hits and couldn’t push a single baserunner across in the Red Sox fourth shutout loss of the season. Dave Shean was the only Red Sox with a pair of hits in this one.
Dick McCabe took the loss in his first and only start of the season. He gave up four runs on eleven hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
The game ended a three week homestand that saw the Red Sox go 13-5. Now they’d hit the road for nearly three weeks and you’d hope they’d keep the wins rolling.
Seattle starter Erik Bedard’s negated a masterful job by opposing starter Tim Wakefield, who allowed just five hits en route to his first complete game of the season. One of the five, however, was Yuniesky Betancourt’s solo home run in the third inning, which accounted for all of the game’s offense. Wakefield (3-4) held the Mariners hit-less in four at-bats with runners in scoring position. The Sox were held to only two hits in seven scoreless innings and combined with relievers Brandon Morrow and J.J. Putz on a 1-0 victory. Bedard struck out eight batters and walked three, leading the Mariners past the Sox for the 11th time in the last 14 meetings at Safeco. Bedard allowed only consecutive singles to Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell with one out in the fourth inning before making way for Morrow and Putz (sixth save), neither of whom allowed a hit.
Sox Notes: Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected back in Boston today in order to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging tomorrow that the Red Sox will hope will reveal the cause of the shoulder fatigue that knocked him out of Tuesday night’s game at Safeco Field in the fifth inning. Justin Masterson’s Triple A debut was moved up from Saturday to today in Pawtucket, which would put him in line to start for Boston Tuesday. He could be slotted into the rotation against the Rays.
May 29, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 4, Senators 2 (24-13)
The Red Sox doubled up the Senators in the first game of their first of two doubleheaders. Dave Shean singled, stole a base and scored twice in the contest while Stuffy McInnis, Everett Scott and Wally Schang all had a pair of hits.
Carl Mays had a solid outing on the mound and it’s been almost three weeks since the Red Sox lost with him on the mound to start the game. He gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
May 29, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 3, Senators 0 (24-13)
Sad Sam JOnes held the Senators in check as the Red Sox finished a sweep over the Senators in their doubleheader. He gave up just five hits and three passes with three strikeouts in his first shutout of the season.
Harry Hooper continued to hit the ball well and he had a team high two hits and two runs. Amos Strunk had the only extra base hit of the game with a triple.
One night after managing to shake the proverbial monkey off their back by ending a seven-game road losing streak, the Red Sox saw Manny Ramirez fling away the 500-pound gorilla that had latched onto him for more than two weeks and encountered an umpire with a memory as long as an elephant’s and the apparent hearing of a skittish deer.Predictably, it led to an absolute zoo of a game at Safeco Field, where the Sox fell to the Seattle Mariners, 4-3, on Jose Lopez’ run-scoring single off Mike Timlin with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Sox, who squandered an opportunity to move back into first place in the AL East, also lost starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka in the fifth due to what the club called shoulder fatigue.
League-worst Seattle ended a seven-game losing streak when Wladimir Balentien reached on an infield single to the shortstop hole, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Lopez’ two-out liner down the left field line. Safeco continued to be a personal house of horrors for Timlin, who fell to 0-6 with a 10.29 ERA at the ballpark.
May 28, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 1, White Sox 0 (22-13)
The Red Sox won the fourth and final game and took their series with the White Sox behind an impressive pitching performance by Bullet Joe Bush. He gave up just one hit and two walks with six strikeouts in his second shutout of the season.
Not only did Bush get it done on the mound, but he also drove home the lone run for either side. Fred Thomas had two of the four Red Sox hits and he scored the lone run.
Featuring a repertoire of mostly fastballs, Bartolo Colon blew away the Mariners in what amounted to an exceptional second start to his suddenly promising season. In the Red Sox’ 5-3 victory, Colon struck out four batters, walked just one and scattered five hits in his seven innings. The Mariners scored just once against Colon. In the sixth, Colon put runners on via a single and a hit batter, then allowed a sacrifice and a ground-out to second that scored the run. That was it. Of Colon’s 84 pitches, 68 were fastballs, the other 16 sliders. Colon began featuring the off-speed pitch more in the later innings, and with increasingly better results. The victory ended the Red Sox’ seven-game road losing streak as Colon’s won-loss record improved to 2-0 while his earned run average dropped to 2.25. At Safeco Field, Colon’s career record improved to 9-1 while his ERA shrank to 2.09.
Dustin Pedroia broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth inning by knocking in Julio Lugo (on base following a failed sacrifice bunt that turned into a fielder’s choice) from second base with a ground-rule double that sailed over Raul Ibanez and over the left field fence on a hop. Manny Ramirez then followed an intentional walk to David Ortiz with a run-scoring, opposite-field double to right before Mike Lowellmade it 4-1 with an RBI infield single smothered by diving third baseman Adrian Beltre. Hernandez’ night fizzled out when he allowed another infield hit to J.D. Drew before walking Jason Varitek to push across the fifth run.
Sox Notes:Kevin Youkilis was scratched from last night’s game just before 5 p.m. with Sean Casey moving into the lineup at first base. Youkilis hurt the back of his right hand and was wearing a white bandage yesterday. Youkilis wasn’t exactly sure when he had done the damage. He did start feeling it Sunday night.
May 27, 1918 at Fenway Park
White Sox 6, Red Sox 4 (21-13)
The Red Sox lost to the defending champions on Red Cross day in a game that saw Dutch Leonard blow an early Red Sox lead. A 4-2 lead turned into 6-4 loss when he gave up a run in the seventh and two in the eighth. Joe Bush didn’t help matters and he gave up an insurance run in the ninth in his one inning of relief.
Harry Hooper was the hitting star in the loss. He was a perfect three for three and he scored two of the Red Sox four runs.
May 25, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 3, White Sox 2 (21-12)
Dave Shean singled home the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Red Sox took their second straight over the White Sox. Carl Mays threw all ten innings and he got the win. He gave up two runs on ten hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
Fred Thomas singled twice to lead the team in hits. Wally Schang doubled and he scored one of the Red Sox three runs.
May 24, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 5, White Sox 4 (20-12)
It took a few games but the Red Sox finally notched their 20th win behind both the arm and bat of Bullet Joe Bush. First, he held the White Sox to four runs on seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Second, he was one of three Red Sox with at least two hits in the contest.
George Whiteman and Stuffy McInnins each had a pair of hits in the win. Everret Scott had a team high two runs.
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