Dice-K Underwhelms In Sox Win

Manny's 2 HRs exonerate pricey Japanese rookie
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted May 4, 2007 5:20 AM CDT
Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka of Japan, pauses on the mound during the first inning while giving up five runs to the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Thursday, May...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Red Sox's $103.1 million hurler, gave up seven runs in five frames in another poor outing that only incidentally ended up in a Boston win. Matsuzaka walked Seattle's first three batters in a five-run first inning, but Manny Ramirez's second homer put Boston ahead for good in the eighth, 8-7. 

The feverishly-heralded Matsuzaka has established a trend: mediocre pitching coupled with outstanding run support and relief. Dice-K has given up 17 runs in the past three games for an ERA of 8.50, but the Boston offense has scored 26 and his bullpen has kept the other team scoreless in the same span.