BOSTON (AP) -
had four hits, three runs, two stolen bases and one walk. Ho hum.
It was just another multi-hit game for last year's AL rookie of the year, his league-leading 52nd of the season. Going 4-for-4,
he raised his batting average to .388 in the last 15 games and .322 for the season. And he set a
single-season record for second basemen with 104 runs.
''It's almost become expected,'' teammate
said after Boston's 8-0 win over the
Chicago White Sox
on Friday night. ''I don't think it impresses anybody anymore.''
's performance shouldn't surprise him either.
Matsuzaka (16-2) gave up only two hits in eight innings in his most efficient outing of a season, lowering his ERA to 2.82.
''It's getting to the point in the season where we're heading into September and he seems to have a lot left,'' manager
, who were rested after having Thursday off and began the day with a 1 1/2-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central, did
very little on Friday.
''We didn't hit, we didn't play defense and we didn't pitch,'' Chicago manager
said. ''It felt like we had another off day.''
play 19 of their remaining 28 games at Fenway Park, the most home games of any team. They have the third best home record
in the majors, and already lead the AL wild-card race. The
remained 4 1/2 games behind AL East leader Tampa Bay, which beat Baltimore 14-3.
''We've had a lot of 10-day road trips this year,'' Pedroia said. ''To not have anymore, to be done with them, is definitely
Coming off a 6-3 trip and with
placed on the disabled list, Boston used Matsuzaka in his place. He walked two, struck out seven and threw 104 pitches.
The only hits he allowed were singles by
in the second and
in the third. His 16 wins tied
's single-season record for the most by a native of Japan.
''I don't think that just reaching that number in and of itself has that much meaning,'' Matsuzaka said through a translator.
Bay's three-run double in the sixth put Boston ahead 7-0 and gave him 27 RBIs in 25 games since a three-way trade on July
31 that brought him from Pittsburgh and sent
Los Angeles Dodgers
''We were up 4-0 and it was nice just to put a little stamp on it, especially with the way Dice-K had been pitching,'' Bay
said. ''He was the story tonight.''
So was Pedroia, who broke
's team record for a second baseman of 103 runs, set in 1950. The two met last season and spoke briefly.
''He didn't seem like a guy that would be mad'' about losing the record, Pedroia said with a laugh.
Guillen wasn't very happy about a pitching staff that allowed 15 hits, three of them by
''I worry more about Pedroia than I do about Big Papi right now,'' he said. ''Right now that kid is the key to the ballclub.''
took a 1-0 lead in the first off
(10-12) when they loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and two singles then scored when
hit into a forceout at second base.
They made it 3-0 in the fifth when Pedroia singled, stole second and scored on Ortiz's double. Ortiz took third on a single
by Youkilis and scored on a double by
, playing his first game at Fenway since being acquired from Atlanta on Wednesday.
added four runs in the sixth with a huge assist from Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
He dropped leadoff hitter
's foul pop behind home plate for an error and Cora capitalized with a double. Had Pierzynski caught it, Vazquez might have
gotten out of the inning quickly because he retired the next two batters.
Instead, Cora took third on a wild pitch and Pedroia walked.
then walked Ortiz, loading the bases. D.J Carrasco came in and got ahead of Youkilis with a 1-2 count but hit him with the
next pitch, forcing in a run.
Bay, who struck out three times Friday, then hit his bases-clearing double off the left-center field wall that just eluded
made it 8-0 in the eighth when Pedroia led off with a single, took second on Ortiz's single and scored on Youkilis' double.
was scratched from the lineup with flu-like symptoms. ... The
placed Beckett and 1B
on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of C
from Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Chicago lost its second straight game after winning three in a row. ... Michael Bowden is scheduled
to make his first major league start for Boston on Saturday night.