Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Matsuzaka Injured in Red Sox Loss

A game that had plenty of individual drama -- including home run No. 499 by Manny Ramirez, an injury to Daisuke Matsuzaka and ejections of shortstop Julio Lugo and manager Terry Francona -- ultimately ended in disappointment for the Red Sox.
Jose Lopez belted an RBI single down the left-field line with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Mariners a 4-3 walk-off win over the Sox on Tuesday night.
The hit came off Boston reliever Mike Timlin, who fell to 0-6 lifetime at Safeco Field.
Ramirez had tied the game for the Red Sox by belting a three-run homer in the top of the sixth.
For the Mariners, it was a dramatic end to a seven-game losing streak.
Matsuzaka went out for the bottom of the fifth inning and had to leave with an undisclosed injury after a couple of warmup tosses. The right-hander gave up four hits and three runs (two earned) over four innings, walking none and striking out two.
David Aardsma came on in relief. Shortly after he walked Jose Vidro, Lugo was ejected from the game by third-base umpire Angel Hernandez for reasons unknown. Francona was then ejected by Hernandez for his argument over what had transpired with Lugo.
The Mariners got off to a strong start. Ichiro Suzuki led off the first with a double to left and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. He scored on a grounder to first by Jose Vidro. Raul Ibanez boosted the lead to 2-0 on an RBI double to left.
Batista held the Red Sox down early, and the Mariners extended their lead in the third. Again, Ichiro was the catalyst, leading off with a single and stealing second. He moved to third on a throwing error by Sean Casey. Ibanez hit a fielder's-choice grounder to second to make it 3-0.
In the top of the sixth, the Red Sox got the big hit they needed, and it came from Ramirez, who ended a 45 at-bat homerless drought by crushing Batista's first-pitch fastball for the equalizer.

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