Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/24/13
It wasn't pretty, but the Red Sox snuck by 6-5 with a collaberative effort against the Oakland A's in a late afternoon match-up at Fenway Park. Jon Lester had control issues for most of the game, but managed to hold the A's to three runs courtesy of a three-run homer by Chris Young. He finished the day throwing five and two-thirds innings, yielding six hits, three earned runs, and a whopping six walks. Lester also added five strikeouts to his 115-pitch effort. The bullpen was pretty decent, with a few bumps here and there.Tazawa relieved Lester in the 6th and was overall effective until two-outs in the 7th, where he allowed a double to Jed Lowrie and a RBI single to Josh Donaldson, making it a tight 6-4 game. A newly trimmed and no longer homeless looking Andrew Miller came in to relieve Tazawa and had a big strike out to Red Sox killer Brandon Moss. Koji Uehara came in the 8th, and similar to the other night, let up yet another bomb over the Monster Seats. This time around, it was a lead-off homer to Chris Young (his 2nd HR of the game). The A's closed the gap even tighter at 6-5, but Uehara battled back and retired the rest of the side. Andrew Bailey was outstanding yet again to close the game out in the 9th. The more Bailey has outings like this, the longer Joel Hanrahan will have to be activated from the DL. At the plate, the Red Sox continued their upward trend this season of clutch hitting. Stephen Drew tied the game 3-3 with a two-RBI triple in the 5th inning. Daniel Nava also added a timely hit, pinch-hittting for Jonny Gomes during a bases loaded situation to face the righty pitcher Chris Resop. He had a grinding at-bat and came through with a big single to right to provide a three-run cushion. Quality, strong plate appearances have been the story of this Red Sox offense so far. A couple of negatives: Shane Victorinio looked gimpy in his appearance in the 7th, resulting in Nava being shifted to right and Mike Carp taking over in left. One has to wonder if Victorino rushed himself back from his original injury. Just my opinion, but you have to figure Victorino may be heading to the DL. Also, Will Middlebrooks is struggling...mightily. He had the bases loaded in the 5th and decided to swing at the first pitch, which was a weak grounder back to the mound. That's the sign of a batter who is trying too hard and letting his struggles get to his head. Middlebrooks needs to go back to the basics and turn his approach around. The Red Sox host the Houston Astros tomorrow at 6:35pm. Philip Humber will take the mound for the Astros, as Buccholz will get the nod for the Sox. BOXSCORE  
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