The New York Mets took two out of three games from the Boston Red Sox this weekend. On Friday night, Daisuke Matsuzaka returned from the DL to face New York’s ace Johan Santana. Santana pitched well enough to overcome two costly fielding errors, giving up just 2 earned runs in 7 innings of work. Daisuke Matsuzaka was solid in his first game back. Although he gave up four runs in five innings of work, he did not seem to be slowed by his injury. Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched a clean 9th to notch his 12th save in as many tries.
The Red Sox held on to a slim, one-run lead for most of Saturday’s game. Kevin Youkilis drove in two runs with a single in the first; which would be the only offense the Sox would get. Josh Beckett was outstanding for 8 innings, giving up just a run and striking out five in his best start of the year. Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon had a rocky outing, as a two run homer by Omir Santos gave the Mets a late win. The homer was the first play to be reviewed by Fenway’s new instant replay system, and the play was upheld by the videotape.
The Sox fared better on Sunday afternoon. The Mets struck first, with a Ramon Castro solo homer in the top of the second. The Sox took their first lead on a three-run Mike Lowell shortly after; but the Mets would explode for 3 runs in the next half inning. Kevin Youkilis lost what appeared to be a home run off of the left field foul pole. “I thought it was a fair ball,” Youkilis said in a post-game press conference. “He called it a foul ball and I guess there was no camera angle.”
The next time Youkilis didn’t leave it up to the cameras. The Sox cleanup hitter hit a three-run bomb over the middle of the monster, as the Sox scored 9 unanswered runs to take the final game of the series.
The Sox took sole possession of first place in the American League East with the win. The Toronto Blue Jays lost their 6th consectutive game on Sunday afternoon, ending their reign atop the East for now.