Pedroia sends Sox past Rays in Game 1
The 5-foot-9 Pedroia hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer to right field in the eighth inning and the
Asked if he thought Pedroia could clear the fence in Fenway Park’s deep right field, Francona quickly said: “No.”
“You look up and they’re shading right field way in, so off the bat it looks like we’re going to get the run,” the manager said. “It just kept going. You saw his reaction. I don’t think he knew he could do it, either.”
Tampa Bay is on its longest losing streak since dropping 11 straight in 2007.
“Pedroia hitting a home run to right field is the last thing you expected,”
“They’ve been pitching me away a lot lately with high fastballs,” said Pedroia, the reigning
“That little guy’s got some pop,” Buchholz said about Pedroia. “He’s unbelievable to watch when he’s firing on all cylinders. That’s why he was the MVP last year, because he can play the field and he can hit, and that’s just flat-out hit.”
The game was a makeup of Friday night’s rainout.
Boston moved ahead 1-0 on Martinez’s sixth-inning RBI single. Pedroia doubled high off the Green Monster with one out and scored on Martinez’s line drive to right that extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Tampa Bay tied it in the seventh on
Buchholz held the
Garza gave up three runs, nine hits, struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter in 7 1-3 innings. He is 0-3 in his last nine starts.
“He pitched really well,” Maddon said. “He was very good again this afternoon. It’s difficult to win when you score only one run.”
“Pedroia’s the one that surprised me,” Garza said. “He really doesn’t have much power going the other way, so you tip your cap.”
Tampa Bay, one time a threat in the wild-card chase, started its free-fall by losing two of three at home against the
Buchholz held the
Unlike the past two days, when the teams endured nearly 5 1/2 hours of rain delays that wiped out Friday’s game and shortened Saturday’s, there were partly sunny skies for the mostly short-sleeved crowd to enjoy.