Wake the Nation: Red Sox Get 11th Straight Win

Mj OctiganContributor IApril 28, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 15:  Tim Wakefield #49 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game on April 15, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Last night, the Boston Red Sox continued their winning streak with their 11th straight victory. This win came in a pitching duel against the Cleveland Indians.

On the defensive end for the Red Sox, Tim Wakefield was the star, but the Indians starter, Cliff Lee, was equally unhittable.

Wakefield went into the game with a 2-1 record overall, and threw seven shut-out innings, striking out five. Lee evenly matched Wakefield's performance by going eight shut-out innings and striking out five, while giving up five hits.

Manny Delcarmen continued the Red Sox dominance, pitching a scoreless eighth inning. The pressure never got to Delcarmen as he struck out one and gave up no hits.

The same could not be said for Indians closer Kerry Wood.

Wood struggled in the ninth, walking two batters and giving up three hits, including a three-run blast by Jason Bay, Boston's offensive star of the night.

Jonathan Papelbon closed out the ninth for the Red Sox, giving up three hits and one run while striking out two batters. Papelbon ended the night with the save, and Delcarmen got the win.

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