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Monday, June 2, 2008

Okajima not okay tonight

The Japanese left-hander came on in the eighth inning attempting to hold a one-run lead for Papelbon and he was ineffective. In the eighth, the Sox kept things going against O’s reliever Jim Johnson. Ramirez followed a Youkilis leadoff walk with a single to left, then Mike Lowell put an inside-out swing on a Johnson offering, punching it past second baseman Brian Roberts to score the go-ahead run. The lead was short-lived as the Orioles finally broke a streak of 14 straight scoreless innings by the Sox bullpen. Okajima gave up consecutive singles to Nick Markakis, Melvin Mora and Aubrey Huff to load the bases. Kevin Millar tied the game again with a sacrifice fly to deep right field.

Okajima got the second out when Youkilis grabbed a Luke Scott grounder and cut down Mora in a rundown between third base and home plate. But Ramon Hernandez’ walk loaded the bases again, setting the stage for Jones’ double, off the left field wall, just out of the reach of Jacoby Ellsbury.

It was the fifth blown save for Okajima, who allowed a career-high four hits while tying a career-worst four runs allowed as the Sox lost 6-3. Manny slugged his 3rd home run in 3 games, making it 502.

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