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Tim Wakefield gets 11th victory as Red Sox beat A's, 5-4

The knuckleballer leads the American League in wins despite giving up 10 hits in six-plus innings.

July 09, 2009|Associated Press

BOSTON — First-time All-Star Tim Wakefield earned his American League-leading 11th victory, and David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Oakland Athletics, 5-4, on Wednesday night.

Wakefield (11-3) left to a standing ovation in the seventh inning in his final scheduled start before the break. The 42-year-old knuckleballer is 9-0 in his last 11 starts at Fenway Park.

J.D. Drew led off the sixth with a home run that made it 1-1. Ortiz hit a three-run homer later in the inning.

Wakefield gave up three earned runs and 10 hits. He struck out eight and walked one. Jonathan Papelbon got his 22nd save.

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