Dice-K Delivers And Big Papi Goes Deep As Sox Beat The A’s

BOSTON (AP) – David Ortiz hit a two-run homer to help Boston

rally for the second straight game, and Daisuke Matsuzaka settled

down to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-4 on Wednesday night.

One night after scoring nine straight runs to overcome a 4-0

deficit, the Red Sox spotted the A's three runs in the top of the

first and then scored the next six. Kevin Youkilis had a two-run

single in the first inning, then Ortiz made it 4-3 in the fifth

with a drive down the right-field line.

Matsuzaka (4-2) allowed 10 hits and walked none, striking out

seven in all. He gave up back-to-back doubles to Daric Barton and

Ryan Sweeney before Kurt Suzuki's two-run homer in the first gave

Oakland a 3-0 lead.

Ben Sheets (2-4) took the loss.


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