Archive for Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Boston triumphs on wet grounds

April 17, 2007


— Josh Beckett woke up early Monday only to learn that his start for Boston would be delayed at least two hours by rain. The Los Angeles Angels still haven't gotten their bats going.

Beckett pitched his third straight strong game, and the Red Sox won, 7-2, completing an abbreviated three-game series in which they outscored the Angels 25-3.

"It shows what our offense is capable of," Beckett (3-0) said.

The Red Sox scored six runs in the first inning off Ervin Santana (1-2), five of them before the first out. That erased a 1-0 lead the Angels took on Orlando Cabrera's first homer of the season with one out.

"You know there's going to be ups and downs," Gary Matthews Jr. said after the Angels' sixth loss in seven games. "It seems like when it rains it pours, figuratively and literally."

Sunday's game already had been rained out. After waking up, Beckett learned that Monday's 9:05 a.m. start had been pushed back two hours because of heavy rain. It started at 11:18 a.m. without further delays.

"It's definitely different. It feels like the loser's bracket of an AAU tournament or something. Getting ready for a 10 o'clock game last night, do you go to bed at 8 or 9?" Beckett said. "It's easy to get out of sorts" with the uncertain starting time.

Orioles 9, Devil Rays 7

St. Petersburg, Fla. - Melvin Mora and Freddie Bynum each hit a two-run homer, and the Orioles overcame a six-run deficit to beat the Devil Rays.

Bynum's two-run shot pulled the Orioles to 7-3 in the sixth. His RBI grounder during a five-run seventh put Baltimore ahead 8-7.

Aubrey Huff added a solo homer in the ninth.

Mora drove in the Orioles' first run on a fifth-inning grounder and homered in the seventh.


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