Sox Can't Figure Out Colon

Colon Pitched 2nd Straight Complete Game vs Boston

The Red Sox did not have an answer for Bartolo Colon on Saturday. Colon pitched his second straight complete game against Boston, however, unlike last time, he won this one, 3-1. Colon outdueled Tim Wakefield, who pitched very well himself, striking out eight in seven innings. However, the Sox could only manage five hits, all of which were delivered by the top two men in the order, Johnny Damon and Todd Walker, and their only run was unearned.

With the loss and a doubleheader sweep by the Yankees, the Sox fall 5 ½ games back of New York in the AL East. A win by Seattle also squeezed the Sox' lead in the Wild Card to an uncomfortable ½ of a game.

Colon (14-12) was strong from the start, allowing only a leadoff single to Damon in his first three innings of work. Damon, however, was cut down trying to steal second base. Things were quiet until the top of the fourth inning, when Carlos Lee, who was 3 for 4, led off with a long home run to left field off of Wakefield (10-7). The White Sox would add another run later in the inning as Jose Valentin's single to right field drove home Carl Everett, who had singled earlier in the inning.

The Red Sox would come back in their half of the 4th when Damon would get his second hit of the game, and would move to second as Lee could not handle the short-hop in left field. Damon would move to third on a groundout by Walker, and score on a sacrifice fly to deep center by Nomar Garciaparra. Manny Ramirez would walk, but David Ortiz would ground out to end the threat.

Chicago would add on a run in the seventh as Roberto Alomar would hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Valentin, and the Red Sox would not threaten for the remainder of the game. For Colon, this win was redemption of sorts. He had pitched a stellar game against the Red Sox on September 2, only giving up two hits, but both of them were solo home runs and he ended up losing the game, 2-1. His pitch count was very low this game, as he only struck out two batters, but he was very effective nonetheless. His last pitch, which induced a ground out to Kevin Millar, was only his 116th, a very low count for someone known as a power pitcher. The complete game was the eighth of the year for Colon, as he only walked two batters in hi effort.

The Red Sox will try to rebound on Sunday as they send John Burkett (10-7, 4.95) up against Mark Buerhle (12-13, 4.18). Buerhle has pitched well against the Red Sox, as he is 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA against them this year.

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