After getting hammered Friday night by eight runs by the Seattle Mariners, who just happen to be the worst team in baseball right now, the Red Sox got their payback on Saturday afternoon, as they won by eight over Seattle, 11-3.
Tim Wakefield got his fourth win of the year, going seven strong innings and allowed just two runs, both in the third inning. Wake at one point retired 12 straight batters.
The Red Sox had a "makeshift" lineup out there, as Terry Francona rested both Dustin Pedroia and Mike Lowell, Jacoby Ellsbury was still on the bench with the sprained wrist (although he appeared as a pinch runner late in the game), and Jason Varitek took a seat with Wakefield on the mound.
But Manny Ramirez was back, and made his return known in the first inning in a big way as he slammed a pitch from Miguel Batista across Lansdowne Street for an early 2-0 lead. J.D. Drew also continued his hot hitting with a long home run to center that put the game out of reach at 6-2. Drew is now hitting .542 over his last seven games. The Red Sox also added five runs in the eighth for good measure to complete the rout.
And in the ninth, Kevin Youkilis' errorless streak at first came to an end, as he mishandled a throw from Alex Cora to complete his MLB record at 238 games.