The Sox started off a little iffy. Dylan Axelrod gave up three runs in the first inning. He settled down a bit and only gave up one more run, a solo home run to Josh Hamilton. He pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. Leyson Septimo came on in the sixth, but he gave up a hit and issued a walk before Robin Ventura pulled him.Nate Jones came on to pitch the rest of the sixth and all of the seventh. He gave up a hit and issued a walk but came out unscathed. Matt Thornton came on and pitched two perfect innings. The Sox were unable to score any runs in the ninth to walk it off, so Addison Reed came on for the tenth. He pitched a perfect inning and picked up his second win of the season.
The offense put up four runs in the second inning, and that was the extend of the offense for most of the rest of the game. Kevin Youkilis, Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez each went 2-for-4, and Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham each picked up a hit. AJ Pierzynski had an off-night. He struck out three times tonight, which was the first time in a few years.
Youkilis provided the extra-innings heroics. After Alejandro De Aza walked and stole second, Youk hit a single to left that drove in De Aza for the walk-off win.
The Sox look for the sweep tomorrow afternoon. Jose Quintana looks for his fourth win of the season, but he faces Matt Harrison who was named AL Pitcher of the Month for June. Here’s hoping our luck keeps going!