Dice-K continues to roll

August, 22, 2010
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BOSTON -- Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka did not receive a decision in Boston’s 5-4, 11-inning, walk-off victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night, but the right-hander deserves a ton of credit for a gutsy performance.

He looked sharp in his 19th start of the season as he worked eight innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Matsuzaka, who finished with 109 pitches, made only one mistake, but it cost him: a two-run homer off the bat of Toronto’s Lyle Overbay in the sixth inning that tied the game at 4.

Other than that, Matsuzaka was solid.

“Actually pretty good,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “The big pitch to Overbay, we’re sitting on a lead, and it probably caught way too much plate. We’re trying to make him chase something there, and it’s obviously something he could handle, and that was disappointing. Other than that he was pretty good.”

Matsuzaka has limited opponents to four earned runs or fewer over a career-high 15 consecutive starts, and during this stretch he’s 6-3 with a 3.36 ERA and 84 strikeouts.

"He really threw the ball well today,” Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez said. “He threw the ball great.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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