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Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 3 End 2: Tim Wakefield Squanders Early Lead

The Red Sox gave Tim Wakefield a 3-0 lead, and the knuckleballer squandered it almost instantly, leaving Boston and Toronto locked in a 3-3 tie through two innings.

The Red Sox did not hit the ball particularly hard in the first, but what they did worked for them. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia led off the game with back-to-back ground ball singles, and a breaking ball off of Adrian Gonzalez' foot loaded the bases with zero outs. While David Ortiz and Carl Crawford could do nothing, each of them striking out, Kevin Youkilis was clipped on the uniform by Morrow to drive in a run in-between, and Marco Scutaro tapped a ground ball right back up the middle to score two more batters and put the Sox up 3-0.

The lead wouldn't last long. Tim Wakefield was wild in the first, giving up a pair of walks and a sacrifice fly after a passed ball allowed the runners to advance. Then in the second he was just too hittable. Brett Lawrie led off the frame with a line drive to left, and then scored as J.P. Arencibia hit a fly ball that just kept going till it found the seats in center field, tying the game with one big swing of the bat.

It seems like it's just another day on the mound for Tim Wakefield, who might need the Sox to score 14 runs again if he wants to leave with win number 200.