Wakefield, Sox Blank Rays

The knuckleballer posts his 15th win of the season; Boston looks to secure the AL East
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 20, 2007 11:53 PM CDT
Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game at Boston's Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield surrendered only four hits in a seven-inning outing last night, leading Boston past the Devil Rays 6-0. Wakefield, whose 15 wins tie him for the most in  Major League Baseball this year, got some big offense from his teammates. Though slugger David Ortiz sat out, Mike Lowell smashed a 3-run homer and Manny Ramirez posted 2 RBIs.

Boston's rout surely shocked Tampa Bay hurler Scott Kazmir. After recording 13 scoreless innings and only one earned run in his four previous starts, the lefty gave up seven hits in 5 " innings, losing hitting match-ups he'd previously dominated. At 11-8 this month, the Sox are now 4½  games ahead of the Yankees in the American League East. (Read more Tim Wakefield stories.)