Kazmir Shuts Down Red Sox, Yanks Now 5 Back

Former Mets prospect Scott Kazmir struck out 10 batters in 7 innings and completely shut down the Boston Red Sox for a 1-0 victory last night. With the loss, the Red Sox are now only 5 games ahead of the New York Yankees for the AL division lead. The teams will play three times this weekend in Fenway, ending the season series.

David Ortiz did not start against the lefty Kazmir and with Manny Ramirez out with an injury, the Red Sox lineup wasn’t exactly filled with star power.

1. Julio Lugo, DH
2. Coco Crisp, CF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Mike Lowell, 3B
5. Bobby Kielty, RF
6. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Jacoby Ellsbury, LF
9. Alex Cora, SS

Curt Schilling went 6 innings and gave up 1 run on 5 hits to take the loss. He is now 8-7 on the year with a 3.93 ERA. Without a strong run here at the end of the season, Schilling may be pitching for the team that he couldn’t beat last night.

But the bigger question is: how does this team ever win with so few good pieces around Manny Ramirez and David Oritz? JD Drew didn’t get the start last night, although that helps the Red Sox more than it hurts.

And to rub another grain of salt into the wound: Wily Mo Pena went 3 for 4 with two home runs and three RBI last night for the Washington Nationals.

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