Brad Penny walked just three batters on Sunday. (Mike Carlson/AP)
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Brad Penny did his job, allowing six hits and three runs over six innings and striking out eight, giving the Red Sox their first quality start in almost a week. Kevin Youkilis bashed a two-run homer in the eighth to make it a close game, but the rally ultimately fell short.
BATTING 2B: Pena, C (4, Penny), Iwamura (10, Penny), Bartlett (4, Penny). TB: Bartlett 4; Longoria; Crawford, C 4; Pena, C 2; Iwamura 2. RBI: Pena, C (28), Bartlett (8), Hernandez, M (4), Burrell (12), Crawford, C (11). 2-out RBI: Crawford, C. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zobrist 2; Pena, C; Upton, B; Burrell; Hernandez, M; Iwamura 2; Longoria. SAC: Hernandez, M. Team RISP: 4-for-17. Team LOB: 10.
BASERUNNING SB: Crawford, C 6 (17, 2nd base off Penny/Varitek, 2nd base off Penny/Varitek, 2nd base off Penny/Varitek, 3rd base
off Penny/Varitek, 2nd base off Delcarmen/Varitek, 2nd base off Ramirez, R/Varitek), Hernandez, M (1, 2nd base off Penny/Varitek),
Bartlett (6, 3rd base off Ramirez, R/Varitek).