Boston Red Sox defeat Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-4

Jason Varitek has been going so bad lately that there was some debate around baseball as to whether he should scrap switch hitting and bat strictly as the natural righthander he is.

Good thing he waited on that one.

It was Varitek's lefthanded stroke on a single to right against Arizona reliever Chad Qualls that capped a four-run eighth inning and turned a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 win for the Red Sox last night at Fenway Park.

Chris Smith earned his first major leag...

BOSTON—A slumping Jason Varitek capped a four-run eighth inning with a go-ahead single, and the Boston Red Sox resumed hitting just in time to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Tuesday night.

The Red Sox had six hits in the inning, one more than their total in the first seven innings and two more than they managed in Monday night's 2-1 loss in the series opener.

It was Varitek who delivered the decisive blow, lining a single to right that scored Mike Lowell, whose tw...