Boston Red Sox defeat Seattle Mariners, 9-7

Funny thing about perfection.

Sometimes it works in mysterious ways.

Curt Schilling strived for it yesterday, pitching his heart out before he lost his bid for a perfect game with two outs in the sixth inning. Keith Foulke also tried mightily to extend his perfect streak of 24 straight saves, only to have his magical run blow up on him in the eighth inning like a trick cigar.

But when Red Sox manager Terry Francona gambled that David McCarty could do something specia...

The question never was, "What if Keith Foulke blows a save?" The only question was, "When?"

The inevitable occurred in the eighth inning of yesterday's 9-7 12-inning thriller, ending a sensational streak in which Foulke converted 10 straight saves this season for the Sox and 24 in a row dating to last season with the A's. He had not blown a save since Aug. 14, when Manny Ramirez launched a solo homer off him in the ninth inning as the Sox came from behind and edged the ...

The "Greek God of Walks" can do more than just watch pitches go by.

Here is what rookie third baseman Kevin Youkilis accomplished yesterday at Fenway Park during that roller-coastery 9-7 12-inning triumph over the Seattle Mariners: He doubled to left-center and scored in the first. He was hit by a pitch and scored in the third. He singled to left and scored in the seventh. He just about killed Everyday Eddie Guardado with a shot through the box for an infield hit in the...