Quick hits from Red Sox win

May, 11, 2010
BOSTON – Quick hits from the Red Sox’ 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park:

Matsuzaka with a strong outing. Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in his best performance of the season, going seven innings, allowing three hits and one earned run. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter, throwing 106 pitches (71 for strikes). The lone run against Matsuzaka came in the sixth inning after he spent a good deal of time in the dugout during the Red Sox’ two-run fifth.

Varitek hits sixth home run. Catcher Jason Varitek, appearing in his 14th game this season, hit his sixth home run with a shot over the left-field wall in the second inning. Varitek added a broken-bat single past third baseman Jose Bautista in the fourth. He finished 2 for 3 with an intentional walk.

Outfield hurts Blue Jays. Toronto’s sloppy defense contributed to the Red Sox first three runs. Right fielder Travis Snider was slow to react on Dustin Pedroia’s pop-up ground-rule double in the first inning, putting runners on second and third with no out. Both those runs scored – on a fielder’s choice and then a sacrifice fly. In the fourth inning, Bill Hall popped up to center field but Vernon Wells had the ball drop in front of him as shortstop Alex Gonzalez retreated, then airmailed a throw to second base in which Jason Varitek could have been forced out. Darnell McDonald then followed with an RBI double into the left-field corner.

Drew plays small ball. With the Blue Jays shifting their infield toward the right side against J.D. Drew – with third baseman Jose Bautista moved well toward shortstop – Drew took advantage of the real estate up the third base side by bunting for an easy single in the fifth. There was no play at first as the perfect bunt didn’t draw a throw. Drew added his first stolen base of the season in the sixth after he reached on a walk.

Cameron update with Pawtucket. Outfielder Mike Cameron went 1 for 3 for Triple-A Pawtucket, playing seven innings in a 5-1 victory. He played center field in the game after serving as the designated hitter Monday.

Mike Reiss

ESPN Staff Writer



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