After coming up empty-handed in his previous seven attempts, Tim Wakefield finally notched his 200th career victory in tonight’s 18-6 win over the Blue Jays. Wakefield, who won his first game in 1992 as a member of the Pirates, is the 111th pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone.
Wakefield wasn’t exactly at his best tonight, allowing five runs on six hits (including two home runs) and two walks over six innings. The 45-year-old knuckleballer gave up leads in the the second and third innings, but fortunately for him, his offense piled up a season-high 18 runs.
Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits, including his 27th home run, while Dustin Pedroia also added four hits and homered twice. “Laser Show” now has 20 home runs for the first time in his career.
Perhaps most importantly, tonight’s win snapped a five-game losing streak for Boston. The Rays just lost 4-2 to the last-place Orioles, so the Red Sox now hold a four game lead for the Wild Card with 15 games to play.