Daisuke Matsuzaka threw for eight scoreless innings for the Boston Red Sox to cruise past the Cleveland Indians 4-1 away last night at Progressive Field. The Sox were able to manufacture runs early on for Matsuzaka to hold the lead from there. Marco Scutaro and Victor Martinez produced multiple hits for Boston. The revamped club is now just four games back from the Tampa Bay Rays and three behind the New York Yankees in the AL East Division standings.
In the process of keeping other lineups off the scoreboard for 15 consecutive innings, the 29-year old Dice-K earned his 150th career win (first 108 in Japan). “We couldn’t get anything off Matsuzaka,” said Indians manager Manny Acta. “He spoiled our game plan to work the count against him by being aggressive and throwing strikes. He was aggressive in the zone, then used his off-speed stuff and made us chase.”
Boston is next set to matchup with the Indians for three more games starting tonight at 7:00 PM. They will then return to Fenway to play host to the defending NL champion Philadelphia Phillies this weekend. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available with us at Ace!