(AFP) – Jun 21, 2008
BOSTON (AFP) — Mitchell Boggs scattered five hits over 5 1/3 innings to lead St. Louis to a 9-3 win over Boston, spoiling the Major League Baseball return of Japan's Daisuke Matsuzaka on Saturday.
Troy Glaus smashed a grand slam and Aaron Miles added a two-run shot for the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Making his first start since May 27 at Seattle, Matsuzaka (8-1) suffered his first loss in nine decisions and could never find his rhythm in his first start since heading to the DL with a mild right rotator cuff strain.
"I was hoping to do a good job after being away for so long, but I don't think the gap itself was a part of the problem," Matsuzaka said of his three-week layoff.
"I can't really think of anything that was good. Things were mostly bad today. I just hope that I can get back to a good spot as we go forward and
when I'm given my next chance to start, I hope I can do better."
Matsuzaka, who reported no physical problems afterward, allowed six hits and seven runs over one-plus inning of work, walking three and striking out just one.
"From the very first hitter, it was a rough day," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "When he came out, there were not complaints of soreness, fatigue, anything.
"So that's a good sign. I'm hopeful we just chalk it up to a bad outing. There wasn't a lot of location, nothing real sharp today. He stated he felt fine."
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