BOSTON (AP) -The accolades continue growing and the hits keep coming for
Pedroia's two-run single capped a four-run sixth inning,
pitched seven efficient innings and the
Boston Red Sox
beat the struggling
7-4 on Monday night.
Byrd, Pedroia's teammate for a little less than three weeks, was gushing with praise for the scrappy second baseman. This
continually lauded his play over the weekend.
''I can't say enough about my second baseman,'' Byrd said. ''This guy, in my opinion, is the MVP of the league. He's unbelievable.
I didn't know he was that good when I came over here.''
Pedroia, who hit .374 in August and closed the month going 9-for-12, scored 33 runs last month, the most for the
and Billy Goodwin had 35 in 1950, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
''He said that,'' Pedroia said, breaking into a smile, when informed of Byrd's MVP comment. ''That's a great compliment coming
from him. I definitely love playing behind him.''
On Monday, he was 2-for-4, scored a run and made a nice backhanded play on
' seventh-inning grounder.
''A lot of people talk about Manny (Ramirez) leaving. I wish Pedroia was leaving,'' Guillen said a few days earlier.
, who had the AL's second-best record at 18-9 in August but failed to gain ground on AL East-leading Tampa Bay, which went
21-7, pulled to five games behind the idle Rays. Boston increased its lead to three games in the wild card race.
Baltimore, swept in a three-game series at Tampa Bay over the weekend when its pitchers allowed 34 runs, lost for the ninth
time in 10 games.
hit consecutive homers for the
. Varitek's tied Hall of Famer
for a club record with his 157th as a catcher.
had solo home runs for Baltimore. Millar's was his 20th, the third time - and first since he hit 25 with the
in 2003 - he's reached that mark.
Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, Boston grabbed the lead for good against
hit consecutive doubles, tying the game. After Bailey walked,
hit an RBI single up the middle.
reached on an infield hit to load the base before Pedroia lined reliever
's outside pitch to right, making it 6-3.
''We couldn't get the third out before Pedroia got the big hit,'' Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. ''Obviously he's having
a tremendous season and is an exceptional player, so those guys have a knack for coming up with the big hit in those kinds
Olson, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to make the start, felt he went away from his best pitch by trying to fool Boston's
strong fastball hitting lineup.
''You've still got to stay with your best stuff,'' he said. ''My fastball, I thought was my best pitch. I think I got a little
Byrd (10-11), making his fourth start for Boston since being acquired for a player to be named or cash from Cleveland on Aug.
12, gave up four runs and seven hits.
worked a perfect eighth before
pitched the ninth for his 35th save.
The Orioles jumped ahead 1-0 in the first when Jones, activated from the disabled list before the game, homered on the first
pitch he saw, sending a drive over the Green Monster seats.
Notes: Pedroia's key single was his 184th hit, a record for
record for second baseman, breaking
's 1922 mark. ...
was back in Boston's lineup after missing two games with flu-like symptoms. ...
, on the 15-day DL with a strained right oblique, took grounders and BP before the game and is close to returning. He hopes
to be back this weekend. ... Boston manager
said RF J.D. Drew, on the DL with a strained lower back, was expected to hit in an indoor cage. ... Trembley said closer
, on the DL since Aug. 16 with left shoulder inflammation, played long toss and is scheduled to do so again Wednesday. ...
missed his third straight game with a strained left hamstring.