Brad Penny walked just three batters on Sunday. (Mike Carlson/AP)
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Brad Penny did his job, allowing six hits and three runs over six innings and striking out eight, giving the Red Sox their first quality start in almost a week. Kevin Youkilis bashed a two-run homer in the eighth to make it a close game, but the rally ultimately fell short.
BATTING 2B: Pena, C (4, Penny), Iwamura (10, Penny), Bartlett (4, Penny). TB: Crawford 4; Longoria;
Pena, C 2; Iwamura 2; Bartlett 4. RBI: Pena, C (28), Bartlett (8), Hernandez, M (4), Burrell (12), Crawford (11). 2-out
RBI: Crawford. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zobrist 2; Pena, C; Upton, B; Burrell; Hernandez, M;
Iwamura 2; Longoria. SAC: Hernandez, M. Team RISP: 4-for-17. Team LOB: 10.
Hernandez, M (1, 2nd base off Penny/Varitek), Crawford 6 (17, 2nd base off Penny/Varitek, 2nd base off Penny/Varitek, 2nd
base off Penny/Varitek, 2nd base off Ramirez, R/Varitek, 2nd base off Delcarmen/Varitek, 3rd base off Penny/Varitek), Bartlett
(6, 3rd base off Ramirez, R/Varitek).
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