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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Bay and Beckett get Royal win for Sox 8-2

August 5, 2008. KANSAS CITY, CA. Jason Bay narrowly missed out on a home run against Kansas City on Tuesday night. He was fine with a four-hit night and a Boston win, though.
Bay drove in two runs and scored twice, and Josh Beckett pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead the Red Sox to an 8-2 victory over the Royals. Jason Bay went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. He is now 9-for-21 (.429) with six RBIs and eight runs in five games since joining the Red Sox.

The Red Sox sent 13 men to the plate in the sixth and seventh innings and scored five runs -- two unearned because of two errors by third baseman Alex Gordon. One of the runs scored on a double by Bay that glanced off the glove of center fielder Mitch Maier, who leapt at the fence. The ball rolled several feet on the top of the wall before left fielder Ross Gload came over and knocked it backed into the field. "The center fielder almost caught it, so we'll take what we can get," Bay said. "I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. That's one of the most interesting plays I think you'll ever see. "While I was running to second, I watched the whole thing transpire. It was kind of weird because everything is happening that fast, all at once. You can't really tell what's going on and you're just waiting for it to end to really take a look. The ball rolled on the wall for 10 feet and he came in and pulled down the offensive board. It was even more amazing to see it on the replay."

"The biggest thing is you look around and nobody is counting on you to be that guy," Bay said. "You're just a complementary piece of that puzzle. Since I've been here, I've had two guys on base every second or third time I get up there. That's a testament to the lineup.
"Just coming over here, I'm trying to be comfortable and trying not to do too much. I think that's probably helped simplify it. Obviously some success early helps you relax a little bit."

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