took a line drive off his chest, and the
Boston Red Sox
nearly had the solution to the logjam in their pitching rotation.
Penny wasn't going away quite so easy, though.
right-hander remained in the game and lasted long enough to pick up his 100th career win, beating the
6-1 on Wednesday night in front of the 500th straight sellout at Fenway Park.
''I don't know how he stayed in that game and pitched. I just told him, 'If you collapse, we'll get (Justin) Masterson in
said. ''You can't hurt him. He's a strong kid and he likes to pitch. But when the game was over I came in to pat him on the
chest and I thought he had a pacemaker. He's got a pretty good welt.''
Penny (6-2) allowed one unearned run on three hits and four walks, striking out three. He has not allowed an earned run in
11 innings over his last two starts, a good streak to be working on as
finishes his minor-league rehab stint and prepares to head back to the majors.
Smoltz, a former NL
winner, allowed one run in four innings in Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday night. The
have said they will go to a six-man rotation for the short-term, though it is also possible they will trade Penny or prospect
- so far the least effective of their starters - to the bullpen.
''They've got a lot of tough decisions, and I'm glad I'm not the one making them,'' said Penny, who played for the Marlins
from 2000-04. ''There's a place for everyone. If you get traded or if you're here, there's a place for you to pitch. It's
a great thing that we have all this pitching. Smoltz coming back, it's going to be huge.''
With a giant ''500'' mowed into the field to mark the longest sellout streak in major league history, Boston rewarded the
fans with food and prizes. The crowd of 38,196 also got to see another victory: the
are 327-173 since the streak began on May 15, 2003; they have won six of their last seven, including a three-game sweep of
New York Yankees
to move into first place in the AL East.
Reigning AL MVP
had three hits and three RBIs, and
continued his revival with three runs and a double off the Green Monster that raised his batting average to .213.
also reached base three times, including a homer, and stole a base for the fourth straight game.
(2-3) gave up four runs on seven hits and four walks, striking out six in 5 1-3 innings for Florida.
, who was traded to Florida in a package for
, walked with two outs in the first and scored when Ellsbury misplayed
's line drive into left-center for a two-base error. Ellsbury had gone 232 games and 554 chances without an error - both franchise
records for an outfielder.
''It was the talk of the dugout for a few innings,'' Cantu said. ''All I know is Ellsbury was full sprint for the ball. Kind
of weird that they called that an error. He put a good run to it and he just barely missed it. It's not easy to catch that
kind of ball on a line drive.''
Penny got out of the inning when he took
's line drive off his body, and first baseman
picked up the carom and tagged the base.
''I guess it hit me in a pretty good spot,'' said Penny, who declined to show reporters the mark on his chest. ''It hurt for
a second, but after that it didn't affect me at all.''
Ortiz, who had a .185 average on May 31, is batting .342 in June. He doubled with one on and no outs in the second, then
singled in one run and Ortiz scored on a double play to make it 2-1.
''He's the same
,'' Miller said. ''Any slump he gets into, he's going to get out of it.''
Boston made it 4-1 in the fourth when Ortiz walked, Baldelli and
singled to load the bases and Pedroia singled in two runs. Pedroia singled with the bases loaded in the eighth, but
was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second.
NOTES: The previous record of 455 straight sellouts was set by the
in 2001. The only other sports teams to sell out more games in a row were the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers (744), the Boston
Celtics (567) and Chicago Bulls (515). ... It was the 49th anniversary of the day
became the fourth major leaguer to hit 500 home runs. ... Between innings, Boston Bruins Hall of Famer Bobby Orr came out
of the Green Monster to meet
, who's a big hockey fan. ... Among the giveaways were 500 tape measures, which the fans in the upper deck extended and dangled
over the railing like fishing lines.