New York 9, D-Rays 1. It is beginning to sound like a broken record. Starting pitcher can’t hold an early lead and regulars missing from the starting lineup. Scott Kazmir followed up two strong starts with a stinker. In 5 innings, he gave up 7 hits and 5 walks. Kazmir will only be as good as his control. He once again topped 100 pitches (101) without entering the 6th inning. In his defense, the weather in New York was downright awful, as it was raining most of the game. However, the weather did not seem to bother the veteran Mike Mussina as he shut down the Rays on 4 hits and no walks in 6 innings striking out 7. His only blemish in 6 innings was a solo home run to Jonny Gomes in the first. It was Gomes league-leading 10th home run and 21st RBI. Jorge Cantu was out of the line-up to rest his sore foot. Nick Green took his place and went 0-3. Carl Crawford missed the game to attend the funeral of his grandmother. Joey Gathright played center field and batted lead off, going 0-4 with 3 K’s. Toby Hall was the only D-Ray with more than one hit as hit went 2-3, to raise his average to .345. Tampa is now 1-6 on their 9-game road trip.
Boston 8, Cleveland 6. We hope Cleveland manager Eric Wedge learned his lesson. If not, he will soon be Colorado roving instructor. With one out in the 8th innings with the score tied 5-5 and a runner on 2nd, Wedge for some inexplicable reason intentionally walked David Ortiz to face Manny Ramirez. Now we aren’t saying that Ortiz isn’t a scary hitter. He most certainly is. In fact, Ortiz has proven to be one of the most clutch hitters in baseball. Still, Manny is Manny and he can hit. ManRam made Wedgy pay for his carelessness and hit a 3-run home run to give the Red Sox an 8-6 win and maintain a 2-game lead over New York and Toronto.
Toronto 7, Baltimore 3. The Jays broke open a 3-3 ball game in the 7th with 4 runs. Toronto is now hitting .310 as a team. Baltimore is starting to real a bit after some early season success and have now lost 3 in a row to fall 2.5 games behind Boston