Stephen Drew, ladies and gentlemen! Stephen Drew is the man of the hour. He had an enormously huge night. Wow. This will be a remembered performance.
Drew led off the third with a single, moved to second on a groundout by Iglesias and third on a single by Ellsbury, and scored on a groundout by Victorino. Two outs into the fourth, Carp and Salty hit back-to-back singles, and then it was Drew all over again. He took a sinker for a ball and then got a cutter he liked and unloaded, smashing a three-run home run.
Carp singled in the sixth but was replaced by Salty on the basepaths thanks to a force out. Yet again, Drew took his first pitch for a ball. And yet again, he unleashed on his second one. This time, it was a slider followed by a fastball, but the fact remains that he had himself another home run! It had to be reviewed but stood. Victorino got in on the action by leading off the seventh with a solo shot. Also in the seventh, Papi got ejected for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Tim Timmons. He went from a 3-0 count to a strikeout and didn’t like the call on that first strike. He took out his frustration on a phone in the dugout with his bat. And then he went back onto the field and had to be restrained. And Pedroia had been standing near the phone, so then he got annoyed. Needless to say, there was drama.
Dempster was having a phenomenal start. He shut out the Orioles through four but cracked in the fifth, if you could call it that. He gave up three consecutive singles that resulted in one run in the fifth, and he gave up two singles in the sixth, the first of which yielded a run on a groundout after Breslow came on.
Breslow pitched the seventh. Tazawa came on for the eighth and gave up a run thanks to a single and a walk. Uehara pitched the ninth.
The final score was 7-3! It wasn’t a shutout, but it was awesome nonetheless.