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Red Sox finish strong

The Red Sox scored early and often against Jose Contreras to win the finale of their series with the Yankees.

Originally Published: July 25, 2004
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Big Step: Derek Lowe overcame some poor first-inning defense and pitched 6 2/3 good innings Sunday as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 9-6 in the rubber match of the three-game series in Fenway Park. In the last turn through the Boston rotation, both Lowe and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield pitched effectively; their performance could be the difference if the Red Sox are to be a threat in September and October, with Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez at the front end of the rotation.

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